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Former Egyptian Prime Minister Dies

March 29, 1996

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Mohammed Sidqi Suleiman, a former Egyptian prime minister who played an instrumental role in the building of the Aswan High Dam, has died. He was 77.

He died in Cairo on Thursday, apparently of natural causes.

Suleiman, an engineer, served on economic planning boards and then as as minister for the high dam from 1962 to 1967. He was prime minister under President Gamal Abdel Nasser from September 1966 to June 1967, but was demoted in a Cabinet reshuffle after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

His work on the Aswan High Dam was well-regarded but his relationship with the Soviet Union, which funded the dam, led to the end of his political career. The government’s pro-Soviet faction was ousted by President Anwar Sadat in 1971.

The dam was officially opened in 1970.

He was born in 1919 in Benha, a city in the Nile Delta 25 miles north of Cairo.

He was to be buried today.

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