Mr. Anwar Sadat was sworn-in in Cairo on Saturday (October 17) as President of the?
Mr. Anwar Sadat was sworn-in in Cairo on Saturday (October 17) as President of the United Arab Republic.
Taking the brief Constitutional Oath he promised to safeguard the country's regime, law and constitution, protect the interests of the people and the independence and security of the country.
Mr. Sadat became, at 51, the country's second president. he was one of the oldest comrades-in-arms of the late president Nasser, and he had played a key role in the 1952 revolution which forces King Farouk to abdicate.
He was nominated as President by the country's top political leaders and endorsed by nearly six and a half million votes in a plebiscite on Thursday (October the 15th).
The swearing-in was a sober ceremony overshadowed by memories of the late President Nasser, for whom the country was still observing 40 days of mourning. The swearing-in was held in the National Assembly. The Speakers, Dr. Shukair, said that the plebiscite in favour of Mr. Sadat showed that the people remained united and determined to carry on despite their grief. He said the country would continue to fulfil its role in what he referred to as the Arab struggle.
Mr. Sadat is expected to make his first address to the nation shortly.