President Anwar Sadat has taken over the duties of Prime Minister of Egypt. His decision?
President Anwar Sadat has taken over the duties of Prime Minister of Egypt. His decision ends the 14-month-old Government of Dr. Aziz Sidky.
The President announced his move at a joint meeting of the Arab Socialist Union and the People's Assembly (Parliament). He later appeared on television to tell the Egyptian people of his decision.
The Egyptian leader made it clear he was stepping in to take a direct hand in running the "front" against israel. But Dr. Sidky had also been under fire recently from the public who complained of rising prices, shortages and poor public transport. There have been anti-government student demonstrations, and recently there were purges of journalists accused of presenting a wrong picture of Egypt.
President Sadat has followed the lead of the late President Nasser, a close friend, who also assumed the role of Prime Minister on two occasions. That period included the 1967 war with Israel. President Sadat marked his taking-over by a strong denunciation of the United States for what he called a dangerous escalation of the Middle East crisis by renewed arms supplies to Israel.
SYNOPSIS: President Anwar Sadat's arrival at Egypt's People's Assembly on Monday opened a new chapter in Middle East politics.
The President revealed he was taking over as Prime Minister, replacing Dr. Aziz Sidky. Dr. Sidky had been in office for just over a year.
The President announced his move to a joint meeting of the People's Assembly and the Central Council of the Arab Socialist Union.
President Sadat later appeared on television to tell the Egyptian people of his decision. He's following the example of his close friend, Gamal Abdel Nasser. The later President twice took over as Prime Minister during the crisis days of 1967. Now President Sadat has acted amid freshly-growing tension. In his announcement he particularly denounced the United States for what he called a dangerous escalation of the Middle East situation.
The President complained that the United States had been supplying more arms to Israel. He also expressed his disappointment at the apparent lack of success in recent diplomatic contacts with Washington, and stressed Egypt's close liaison with the Soviet Union.
The President said the United States was trying to guarantee Israeli militar supremecy. He considered it psychologic warfare against Egypt. The United States he thought, would continue giving Israel aid, and tell Egypt "You Araba should despair. You cannot face Israel."