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Egypt annually celebrates Evacuation Day on June 18. This is one of the widely celebrated national holidays, however, public institutions, ministries and offices remain open. Britain occupied Egypt in 1882. The occupation lasted till 1952, when the Egyptian coup began on July 23.
British rule in the country of Egypt lead to instability in the political social spheres of Egyptians in the 1940s. In 1952, British rule became totally unstable and a coup attempt was made by military members. King Farouk I was forced to renounce his position, forcing Ahmed Foud II to the throne.
A republic was declared on June 18, 1953, with General Muhammad Naguib set to lead the country. However, the original architect of the independence movement, Gamal Abdel Nasser, took control of the republic with the resignation of Naguib. Finally, on June 18, 1956, Nasser finalized independence from Britain.
The day has been grandly and enormously celebrated with joy throughout the nation ever since. Notably, the evacuation of the British was initiated because of the defeat of the army officers who were in charge in the numerous regions of Egypt. The British Authorities considered it wise to evacuate their troops knowing they were losing against the movement led by Nasser.
Stylized unchained Egyptian with torch right and inscription "Evacuation Day" and date "June 18, 1956".
Depicts mirrored vulture wings and Egyptian cobra heads (symbols of Ancient Egypt) flanking the disk of the sun (God Amun Ra). The country name (Republic of Egypt), value (Arabic numeral 50 in the centre, the denomination "Qirsh" below) and dates (Hegira and Gregorian) above.