A leading Egyptian journalist, he has been a respected commentator on Arab affairs for more than 50 years. He was considered a close confidant of Gamal Abdul Nasser, and his weekly column in al-Ahram was considered to reflect Nasser’s views. Recently, his lecture series on al-Jazeera has given him an even greater platform in the Arab World. It is widely reported that Heikal wrote both General al-Sisi’s speech giving Morsi a 48-hour ultimatum and Sisi’s post-coup announcement.
Source of Influence: Media
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