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    President Anwar Sadat has predicted a further five lean years for Egypt, and urged his people to copy the Germans after World War Two in rebuilding the Egyptian economy.

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    President Anwar Sadat has predicted a further five lean years for Egypt, and urged his people to copy the Germans after World War Two in rebuilding the Egyptian economy.

    Speaking in Cairo on Saturday (27 March), Mr. Sadat said Egypt would have five more years of sweat and toil to improve its economy. He was addressing the Central Committee of the Arab Socialist Union, Egypt's sole political organisation, only two days before he was due to visit West Germany. The visit will be the start of a tour of five European countries aimed at gathering more economic and military aid.

    Mr. Sadat cited Germany's rise from ruins to riches after the Second World War, and said Egypt should rebuild its State like Germany -- in five years, as they did. The President reiterated his opposition to an early return of Western-style democracy to Egypt, and harshly rebuked the Egyptian press for having blackened the country's image abroad.

    Egyptian newspapers have recently concentrated on reporting bribery and corruption, instead of publishing the great achievements of the State, he said.

    He also warned unnamed elements against attempts to sabotage national unity, incite one class against the other and sow hatred.

    SYNOPSIS: The Egyptian capital, Cairo, where the Central Committee of the Arab Socialist Union. Egypt's only political organisation met on Saturday. The main speaker, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

    The committee was meeting two days before Mr. Sadat left on a European tour of five countries. Mr. Sadat predicted another five lean years for Egypt and cited war-shattered West Germany as an example Egypt should follow in its attempts to make an economic recovery.

    He said the despite prospects of Arab and international assistance to cure Egypt's dismal economic problems, there would be five more hard years of sweat and toil to improve the economy.

    He said Germany, in ruins after the Second World War and weakened by subsequent division, should be Egypt's example. West Germany will be the first stop on Mr. Sadat's European tour starting Monday.

    The President also reiterated his opposition to an early return of Western-style democracy to Egypt, and cited Portugal as a country where the swift transition from dictatorship to multi-party system had endangered national unity.

    Mr. Sadat warned unnamed elements against attempts to sabotage national unity and declared Egypt would never become another Lebanon.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA11H2HX33KPP0HPQMVTVDFTIV3
    Media URN:
    VLVA11H2HX33KPP0HPQMVTVDFTIV3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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