With the Egyptian nation still shaken by its first major political crisis since President Nasser's death, President Anwar Sadat broadcast to the people last night (Friday).
With the Egyptian nation still shaken by its first major political crisis since President Nasser's death, President Anwar Sadat broadcast to the people last night (Friday). He said that the upheavals, which resulted in the resignation of six ministers, stemmed from last month's decision to federate Egypt, Syria and Libya. He also spoke of an attempted coup.
Shortly after the crisis broke, Sudanese leader Major-General Jaafar Nimeiry flew to Cairo for consultations with President Sadat. Libyan and Syrian delegations were also at the talks.
After speaking to the nation, President Sadat swore in a new Deputy Premier and 11 other new ministers.
SYNOPSIS: In a Cairo still reeling from this week's political crisis, the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat prepared to broadcast to the nation on Friday night. He spoke of thwarting an attempted coup and referred to a web of intrigue which led to his War Minister General Fawzy being arrested and to the resignation of five other ministers... The President disclosed that his own house and offices had been bugged by his opponents. He traced the cause of the trouble back to last month's decision to form a federation of Egypt, Syria and Libya.
The Sudanese leader, Major-General Nimeiry, met President Sadat for talks after he had flown on a surprise miss on to Cairo. Top-level Libyan and Syrian delegations also arrived for consultations with the Egyptian head of state. No immediate reason was given for their visit, but they were expected to offer help to settle the political crisis.
Later on Friday, a new cabinet was sworn in. Mr Hussein Al-Shafei was reappointed Vice-President. A new Deputy Premier and eleven other new ministers were also sworn in.
General Nimeiry, who was accompanied by his Defence Minister Khalid Hassan Abbas, watched the ceremony.
Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad is also one of the four Egyptian Deputy-Premiers. One of the Deputies replaced Interior Minister Sharawy Gomaa, who resigned the previous day.