|Nasser and Egypt 1952 revolution|
|Monday, 19 January 2009|
Nasser and Egypt 1952 revolution
That day the Free Officers seized control of all government buildings, radio stations, police stations, and the army headquarters in Cairo.
In an important move, the newly installed government immediately assured Britain that it would respect British citizens and property in Egypt, greatly diminishing the possibility of intervention against the revolution.
Nasser and his fellow revolutionaries also gave in to American pressure by allowing the deposed King Farouk and his family to “leave Egypt unharmed and with honor”
Thus, the Free Officers passed power to Ali Maher, a long-time political insider, whom they appointed as Prime Minister.
The Free Officers then formed the Egyptian Revolutionary Command Council, which constituted the real power in Egypt, with Naguib as chairman and Nasser as vice-chairman.