Sami Sharaf: A witness to historical events in a long political career that witnessed rapprochement with Abdel Nasser and disagreement with Sadat

Sami Sharaf: A witness to historical events in a long political career that witnessed rapprochement with Abdel Nasser and disagreement with Sadat
Sami Sharaf: A witness to historical events in a long political career that witnessed rapprochement with Abdel Nasser and disagreement with Sadat
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Posted on: Monday, January 23, 2023 – 9:04 PM | Last update: Monday, January 23, 2023 – 9:04 PM

Sami Sharaf, the former minister for presidential affairs, and the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s secretary for information, passed away today, Monday, at the age of 94, in a Cairo hospital, where he was receiving medical care as a result of a medical crisis.

The journalist Mustafa Bakri wrote, in a tweet on his official page on the social networking site “Twitter”, on Monday evening: “The death of Mr. Sami Sharaf in the Nile Valley Hospital, after a period of suffering with illness that lasted for several months, and tomorrow his pure body will be shared.

Sharaf is considered among the most prominent men of the era that followed the July revolution, with his close testimony on the prominent events of that moment, with his closeness to the circle of decision-making and Egyptian politics for several years, and we will discuss that in the following report:

Sami Sharaf was born in Heliopolis, Cairo, in April 1929, and his father was a surgeon.

After completing high school, Sharaf joined the Military College, graduating in 1946, to serve as an artillery officer.

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After the July Revolution, Sharaf was among the officers assigned to form the Egyptian General Intelligence Service in the mid-1950s.

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– And from the military department for political affairs, Sami Sharaf was appointed as secretary of information to President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Sharaf witnessed the important historical events from his position in the presidency, the most prominent of which are the “Tripartite Aggression” and the “June setback” and the scenes of formulating political strategies and decisions.

After the death of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, Sami Sharaf asked President Anwar Sadat to resign from work. Sadat, however, met his request with refusal.

The agreement between him and Sadat did not continue, so Sharaf was among those overthrown by Sadat in the correction revolution, and he remained in prison until June 1980, then he was transferred to Qasr Al-Aini prison until May 15, 1981, when he and his colleagues were released without orders.

Sharaf said about that: “We found the prison door open and the officers and soldiers had disappeared. We were happy to consult with each other, and finally we decided to leave, and we put two possibilities, either we would be assassinated or we would go to our homes, and the second possibility was correct, so we went to our homes.” According to his book Years and Days with Gamal Abdel Nasser.

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