Saturday, September 18, 2010

WSJ on Ahmed Fouad II

The Wall Street Journal profiles Egypt's King Ahmed Fouad II, who reigned briefly as a baby in 1952-53 following the ouster of his father King Farouk (1920-1965). The image of Egypt's monarchy has in recent years begun to recover from the propaganda of the Nasser regime. The King lives in Switzerland and apparently has not had a particularly happy life, though he points out with a hint of optimism that monarchy has worked beautifully for Spain.

There is one slight error in the article, which says that "King Constantine II of Greece fled his country in 1967 when the junta abolished the monarchy"; actually the junta did not get around to that until 1973, with Constantine nominally remaining king while in exile for six years.

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