Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, has begun a tour of Upper Egypt to explain the peace treaty with Israel and the other issues he wants approved in a referendum on the nineteenth of April.
SV Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, walks to battery of microphones, sits down and speaks to aide
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SV Sadat making official statement in Arabic
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Background: Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, has begun a tour of Upper Egypt to explain the peace treaty with Israel and the other issues he wants approved in a referendum on the nineteenth of April. Egyptians will be asked in the referendum whether they want the country's first multi-party elections since the 1952 revolution.
SYNOPSIS: In a nationwide broadcast on Wednesday (11 April), President Sadat said the referendum aimed to give Egypt full political freedom, but he announced that Communists and other dissidents would still be banned from political activity.
President Sadat's speech which lasted ninety minutes, was broadcast live throughout Egypt. IN it, he launched one of his strongest attacks against Arab critics of the peace treaty. He said that despite the stupidity and the protests of the Arab states which had rejected the peace treaty, they should never forget that Egypt had gone from defeat to victory. Egypt would never ask for help from any of the nineteen Arab countries which have imposed economic and political sanctions following the signing of the treaty with Israel.
President Sadat expects the 11-million voters in Egypt to show his Arab critics that they support his policies. He said his aim was to give his country full political freedom now that it had recovered its independence with the peace treaty. The referendum proposals advocate the freedom to form political parties, to create a new advisory tier of government and a declaration on the freedom of the press. If approved, parliament would be dissolved and general elections held by next June. President Sadat has high hopes of a big "yes" vote -- in previous referendums he's always obtained at least ninety per cent of the votes.