Who was the leader of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952?

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There were two main leaders of the Egyptian Revolution in 1952.  One of these men is well-known to people outside of Egypt.  The other is not so famous.

The two leaders of this revolution were Gamal Abdel Nasser and Muhammad Naguib.  These two men were the leaders of the Free Officers Movement.  This movement aimed to overthrow the monarchy, which was strongly influenced by Great Britain, and to install a more independent and republican form of government.  After the revolution succeeded, Naguib became the head of government and the head of state.  However, Nasser also had a great deal of power and a struggle for power ensued between the two men.  Naguib lost the struggle and was forced into private life.  Nasser, meanwhile, took supreme power in Egypt and was the undisputed leader of the country until his death in 1970.

So, Muhammad Naguib and Gamal Abdel Nasser were the leaders of this revolution, but only Nasser remained an important figure on the world stage.

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