History - King Faruk

(Cairo 1920- Rome, Italy 1965)
. Faruk, son of King Fu'ad 1, was king of Egypt from 1936, until he was overthrown in 1952.
The image of Faruk in the public opinion changed dramatically through his regency. Early on in his reign, much hope was connected to him, but he did not mange to cooperate with the opposition (Wafd and the Nationalist Party). At the same time the Egyptian administration became more and more corrupt and ineffective at the same time as Egypt faced serious economical problems. On top of that he soon became infamous for his life style, involving night clubs and casinos in Europe, women and an enormous collection of pornography.




1920 February: Born in Cairo.
1936: At the death of his father, Ahmed Fuad, Faruk becomes king. He is yet not invested with royal authority.
1938 February: When turning 18, Faruk gets full royal power as king.
1940: With the outbreak of the 2nd World War, Faruk tries to keep Egypt neutral, a position that proves problematic as Egypt had at the same time a military treaty with Britain, and there were many Italian advisors to Faruk (Britain and Italy were enemies in this war).
1942: Britain forces Faruk to appoint a pro-British prime minister, which proves to be destructive to Faruk's authority inside Egypt.
1945: Faruk is central in the establishment of the Arab League.
1950: Faruk allows general elections in an attempt to regain his position on the national arena.
1952: After the coup of the Free Officers, Faruk is deposed, and exiled to Italy, together with his family.
1959: Faruk becomes a citizen of Monaco.
1965: Faruk dies in Rome.


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