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Revolutionary JusticeSpecial Courts and the Formation of Republican Egypt$
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Yoram Meital

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190600839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600839.001.0001

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Whitewashing a Coup

Whitewashing a Coup

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Revolutionary Justice

Yoram Meital

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the struggles waged by the junta against its domestic rivals and on the RCC’s intensive use of legal means to promote their goals and to curb the opposition against their continued hold on the reins of power. It shows that constitutional declarations and decrees with the force of law were important means that effectively helped the RCC to rule unchallenged in the public sphere. The intensive involvement of the president of the Supreme Court and his deputy in drafting the decrees issued by the RCC gave constitutional legitimacy to the critical steps taken by the regime. Paradoxically, ‛Abd al-Razzak al-Sanhuri, the renowned legal mind who was identified with the concept of “rule of law,” contributed at this point to the consolidation of the Free Officers’ “rule by law” strategy.

Keywords:   July 1952 Revolution, ‛Abd al-Razzak al-Sanhuri, Sulayman Hafez, Revolution Command Council, Muhammad Naguib, 1954 Constitution

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