INTRODUCTION: Tempering grief with control, the Egyptian government on Wednesday (7 October) moved to transfer power to Vice-President Hosni Mubarak, the chosen successor of assassinated President Anwar Sadat.
SCU Mubarak PAN TO other ministers. (3 SHOTS)
CU Mubarak surrounded by microphones.
GV Flags at half mast.
CU Arabic newspaper PULL OUT TO man reading and street scene. (3 SHOTS)
TV INTO GV BACK TO TV Troops on guard around Cairo. (3 SHOTS)
GV Peaceful Street scene in Cairo.
GV Mubarak being sworn in. (MONO) (2 SHOTS)
SV Other ministers being sworn in. (5 SHOTS)
GV Assembly being addressed from rostrum.
SCU Parliamentarian speaking in Arabic.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: INTRODUCTION: Tempering grief with control, the Egyptian government on Wednesday (7 October) moved to transfer power to Vice-President Hosni Mubarak, the chosen successor of assassinated President Anwar Sadat. Government and military leaders vowed to continue the policies of President Sadat but there was hope in the Arab world that there could be a healing of the rift created when Egypt made peace with Israel.
SYNOPSIS: For the first time, Vice-President Mubarak sat at the head of the cabinet meeting held within hours of the assassination. At that meeting the politburo of the ruling National Democratic Party agreed to nominate him to take over from President Sadat. Egyptians vote in a referendum on Tuesday to confirm his succession but the results appear to be a formality.
The Egyptian media has carried reports putting the responsibility for the killing on everything from small religious groups within the armed forces to forces wanting to overthrow the government. However, there has been no clarification from the government on the identities of the soldiers responsible for the killing or their motives. The guards with heavy machine guns and behind their sand-bagged positions don't seem to be needed in the capital, Cairo, despite the confusion which followed the killing.
The streets are quiet and the city goes about its business without apparent disturbance.
On Wednesday (7 October) the day after the killing, Vice-President Mubarak had virtually assured his succession and cabinet had arranged for the peaceful transition of power. As a tribute to their former leader and an indication of continued government stability, Vice-President Mubarak, government and military leaders all publicly swore to uphold the principles of President Sadat and to pursue the path to peace in the Middle-East he had begun. That may be a blow to other Arab nations hoping the death of President Sadat may have brought Egypt into the Arabic fold, from which it was virtually expelled after the signing of the Camp David agreement.
If there had been any doubt about Mr. Mubarak's succession to power, it was dispelled later the same day (7 October). The People's Assembly nominated him as the only candidate in Tuesday's referendum. It also approved a bill proclaiming a state of emergency for 12 months although the opposition parties thought it should be limited to one month. It also voted to give sadat's family a special pension.