In Cairo, President Anwar Sadat met his new cabinet on Wednesday (19 MAY) to discuss internal reforms after beating off an alleged conspiracy by leading ministers and officials.
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SV Sadat arrives
SCU Flags flying
SV INT Ministers swear oath of allegiance to Sadat as pressmen watch (3 shots)
MV Ministers talk together
SCU Riad, left, talks to General Sadek, Minister of War.
MV PAN Sadat & other Ministers enter hall & take seats (2 shots)
MV General Sadek seated.
MV Minister seated
MV Sadat talks to Shafei
SCU & SV Ministers (2 shots)
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Background: In Cairo, President Anwar Sadat met his new cabinet on Wednesday (19 MAY) to discuss internal reforms after beating off an alleged conspiracy by leading ministers and officials. President Sadat was to report to his 34-member cabinet on the steps he had taken to consolidate the nation after his recent purge of top politicians, security men and news media executives.
According to informed sources, the Government appeared anxious to stress the return to normality after the purge. The Government has apparently ordered an end to mass demonstrations in support President Sadat; they had been going on since he told the nation on Friday (14 May) he had foiled an attempted coup.
SYNOPSIS: In Cairo on Wednesday, President Anwar Sadat arrived to meet his new cabinet...formed after last week's purge of top politicians, security men and news media officials as a result of an alleged coup.
Before the official meeting began, several ministers who were abroad during the Government reorganisation took their oath of office. Many of these officials were later included in ministerial committees to organise different sectors of national life...including the key problems of agriculture and industry.
While initial proceedings were taking place, several reports were received that six former ministers and various officials has been detained on charges of subversion.
Later, President Sadat entered the hall to report to his new thirty-four-member cabinet on the steps he has taken to consolidate the nation. Informed sources said he was also to streets his adherence to the late President Nasser's reform programme of 1968.
The new ministers were also to hear President Sadat spell out his idea for a new permanent constitution later to be presented to the 360-member National Assembly.
The Government appeared anxious to stress the return to normality after the recent purge. After five days of street demonstrations supporting President Sadat, ministers urged the people to. return to work...saying the country was in good hands.