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Anwar Sadat's legacy is worthy of reappraisal | Arab News |

As a student in the 1970s, my opinion of the late Anwar Sadat was not a positive one. He became president at an extremely tense moment for Egypt following the sudden death of Gamal Abdel Nasser, and went on to launch his so-called Corrective Movement, which swept away the trappings of the old regime.

Large sections of society were opposed to Sadat's policies in general. I was a young man at the time and, like many of the youth of this period, I joined the protests on Jan. 18-19, 1977, against his economic liberalization agenda, which had caused the price of bread and other essentials to spiral.

My convictions about Sadat remained much the same in the years following his assassination by Islamic fundamentalists on Oct. 6, 1981. But I have since grown to recognize his strength of character, his diplomatic prowess, and his success in cementing his name in the annals of history.

My opinion began to change about the late president after meeting his widow, Jehan Sadat, during her first media appearance following his death. Jehan, who herself passed away in July, spoke of her husband's intelligence, his wit and his heart with great affection, describing his exploits and turbulent life.

Widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat dies in Egypt. She was 87.

by Oui on Sat Oct 16th, 2021 at 09:05:47 PM EST

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