6 October 1984 Gone is the flamboyance and unpredictability of Mr Sadat, his imperial pretentions, and overt embracing of the American dream

Three years have passed since President Sadat was assassinated, and President Mubarak has run through half his presidential term. Yet his Egypt still lacks a distinctive shape and people are wondering if there is a real Mr Mubarak still waiting to emerge, ready to stamp Egypt as decisively as his two predecessors.

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