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    President Anwar Sadat of Egypt has said he wants to purge the country's politics and press of his most vocal opponents.....

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    President Anwar Sadat of Egypt has said he wants to purge the country's politics and press of his most vocal opponents.....communists, pro-Moscow elements and old-guard monarchists. In a speech to the People's Assembly President Sadat lashed out at Egypt's opposition, accusing it of using the country's experiment with democracy to bring about chaos. During the address on Sunday (14 May) President Sadat ordered a referendum seeking to bar Egyptian communists from senior jobs in the government, state industries, trade unions and news media.

    SYNOPSIS: President Sadat was greeted by resounding applause at the people's Assembly. His speech marked the seventh anniversary of the so-called corrective revolution when he removed a number of pro-Moscow opponents from power. President Sadat had hinted at "more corrections" being needed, prior to making his address.

    President Sadat told the assembly Egypt was still in a battle, in a reference not only to the nation's development problems, but the fact that it is still technically at war with Israel. He said the opposition and the opposition press were dividing the country with the object of plunging it into chaos. He reminded the 360 deputies that although political parties can now be formed. for the first time since the monarchy's overthrow in 1952, they must abide by principles of national unity and social peace. He said he would not tolerate a return to the "Party Politics" which characterised the pre-revolutionary period. He said he wanted constructive criticism and welcomed a multi-party system. The President said, "We say yes to democracy, but no to exploitation of democracy and attempts to falsify facts."

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