Egyptians yesterday (Tuesday) commemorated the first anniversary of the death of President Nasser. His successor,?
Egyptians yesterday (Tuesday) commemorated the first anniversary of the death of President Nasser. His successor, President Anwar Sadat, told the Arab Socialist Union that the anniversary should be an occasion for renewing the Arab struggle against Israel -- not just a memorial day.
Our coverage focuses on President Sadat's speech, at Arab Socialist Union headquarters, and on Nasser's Mosque -- where the two sons of the late President paid homage to their father, followed later by President Sadat and other Egyptian leaders.
SYNOPSIS: The Arab Socialist Union, headquarters of the sole Egyptian political party, was focus of the nation's attention on Tuesday - the first anniversary of President Nasser's death. His successor, President Anwar Sadat, arrived to address the party's central committee. Outside hundreds of thousands marched in honour of their former leader. President Sadat reviewed his predecessor's achievements in a hundred-minute speech.
The Egyptian head of state declared that the people should look upon the anniversary as a political event, and not merely as a memorial day. It should be a time not only for tributes but also for renewing the Arab struggle against Israel. The President renewed his claim that 1971 would be a decisive year for settling the Middle East Crisis, either peacefully or by force of arms.
In the evening, the tomb of the late President - in the Nasser Mosque - was visited by his two sons. Outside the display of national homage grew into the biggest demonstration in Cairo since the announcement of the death a year ago. The cry "Nasser is not dead" echoed through the streets.
President Sadat, who also visited the tomb, said the best way of keeping alive the memory of Gamal Abdel Nasser was by striving to continue the policies he had initiated. "We are rebuilding our country according to Nasser's principles," he said. The President has himself been engaged in an extensive reform programme since purging opposition elements, including former aides of his predecessor.