In Egypt, voting began briskly on Thursday (19 April) in President Anwar Sadat's referendum for popular support for the Egyptian peace treaty with Israel.
In Egypt, voting began briskly on Thursday (19 April) in President Anwar Sadat's referendum for popular support for the Egyptian peace treaty with Israel. Reuters news agency said the indications were the President Sadat would receive overwhelming support for the treaty, although most other Arab states condemn it.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat comes to post his ballot. He was said to have called the referendum to show other Arab countries that his people were staunchly behind the treaty. A heavy vote of support would be a propaganda blow against the Arab hard-liners who have decided to impose a total political, economic and diplomatic boycott on Egypt. The boycott was imposed in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, last month by nineteen of the twenty-two members of the Arab League. The only Arab ambassadors now left in Cairo are from Sudan and Oman, which both support the treaty. President Sadat has always polled more than ninety percent support in previous referendums, and observers forecast that he would obtain as overwhelming a result in this vote on the treaty. Cairo newspapers on balloting day urged Egypt's ten million voters to say 'yes' for peace in the referendum.