Zakaria Mohieddin

5 Jun 1918
15 May 2012
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Zakaria Mohieddin (5 July 1918 – 15 May 2012) was an Egyptian military officer, politician, Prime Minister of Egypt and head of the first Intelligence body in Egypt, the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate.

Mohieddin attended Military College in 1938 and was a Staff College Graduate in 1948. He was the Professional Army Professor of Tactics in the Officers Military College from 1940 to 1943 and again from 1950 to 1951. He was also the Professor of Tactics in the Officers Staff College from 1951 to 1952.

In 1967, Mohieddin was appointed by president Gamal Abdel Nasser to take over position of president after Nasser’s resignation, an appointment he refused. In 1968, he resigned from all positions and quit public life.

As of 2005, after the death of Hussein El-Shafei and until his own death in 2012, he and his first cousin Khaled Mohieddin were the last two surviving members of the Revolutionary Command Council.

On 15 May 2012, Mohieddin died at the age of 93.

Mohieddin had various assignments within the army. He served with the Egyptian army in Sudan. In 1948, he was the chief of staff of the first brigade which was later besieged at Faluja. One of his outstanding achievements in 1948 was to go back to the besieged brigade, infiltrating enemy lines from Rafah to Faluja. He was rewarded for his bravery at the end of the war with the Mehmet Ali golden award for valour and excellence in duty in the field in Palestine. In 1952, he prepared strategy for army movement and was in charge of operation that led to success of the movement.

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