A Democratic Union

Are you familiar with General Abbas Mekheimar?

No? Well, General Abbas is the MP who heads the Defense and National Security committee in the Egyptian Parliament. Before he got in, he was Candidate Abbas Mekheimar, on top of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party list in Sharqiya in the last elections. Before he was Abbas Mekheimar the candidate, he was General Abbas Mekheimar, the head of internal investigations in the Egyptian military intelligence agency. General Mekheimar’s job was to ensure that all military officials, whether in the army or the military intelligence, did not have political leanings, especially of the islamist type. More specifically, he was the person responsible before all others to ensure that none of the people he supervised were Gamma’a islameya or Muslim Brotherhood or had leanings in that direction, and if they did, he would investigate and then punish them if his suspicions were proven right. He was that guy.

Well, sometime around last may, General Mekhemar suddenly quit his post in military intelligence and disappeared for three months, after that emerging as Abbas Mekheimar, one of the top names on the FJP’s list in Sharqiya, which won, naturally. Once he got into parliament, he once again was referred to as General Abbas Mekheimar, and he ran, unopposed and unchallenged by all, for the head of the defense and national security committee in the post-revolution Egyptian parliament.

You figure it out!

7 Comments on A Democratic Union

  1. Ramy Yaacoub
    March 4, 2012 at 8:24 am

    It is probably worthy to note that no one held this particular intelligence post since the early 1970’s who has not been radicalized in a later point in life. Just thought I would throw this out there.

  2. amr kiki
    March 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    may i expect it as a part of Muslim brotherhood-old regime deal?!

  3. Publicola
    March 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    The informed and educated Egyptian citizen might possibly be relatively famliar with the different chameleon-like personae of Abbas Mekheimar
    you are here informing the readers of your blog about.

    But I suppose realistically, that hardly anybody outside Egypt, particularly “in the West”, really has known anything about that so far.

    So thank you so much for this your excellent piece of “investigative journalism”.

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