Talaat el-Sadat Passes Away

Talaat el-Sadat, head of the Egyptian National Party, and nephew of Egypt’s late president Anwar el-Sadat, died at the age of 64, a source told Xinhua early Sunday.

Talaat el-Sadat passed away on Sunday morning due to a heart attack, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The information was later confirmed by local newspaper Ahram on its website.

“The outspoken el-Sadat, widely known for his controversial remarks, was a staunch critic of Hosni Mubarak’s rule,” said the on-line story of Ahram.

He was sent into prison for a year in 2006 after accusing the Egyptian army of dereliction of duty in protecting late president Anwar el-Sadat, who was assassinated in 1981. However, the former parliamentarian surprisingly took the side of the army following the start of the domestic unrest early this year.

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