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Egyptian political analyst Abdullah Kamal dies

Kamal, 49, had served under the administration of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

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Abdullah Kamal, an Egyptian political analyst and Cairo-based adviser and former editor to Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai, died early on Friday of a sudden heart attack. He was 49.

Kamal’s political career thrived under former President Hosni Mubarak’s administration. He joined the formerly ruling National Democratic Party and was appointed member of the party's policies committee in 2003. In 2007, Mubarak appointed him as a member of the Shura Council. He was also the youngest member of Egypt’s upper house of parliament appointed by Mubarak.

Kamal was the editor-in-chief of state daily Rosa al-Youssef, and its weekly magazine, from 2005 to 2011. He was an outspoken supporter of Mubarak during the 2011 uprising against his rule.

The analyst was the author of several books, and had reportedly planned to write a volume about the end of Mubarak’s era under the title of “The Penultimate Pharaoh.” The writer had been editor-in-chief of both Rose el-Youssef magazine and newspaper (2005 – 2011).

Kamal was also an opinion writer for Al Arabiya News.