President Anwar Sadat called his top political leaders together yesterday (Sunday) to approve a major cabinet reshuffle.
President Anwar Sadat called his top political leaders together yesterday (Sunday) to approve a major cabinet reshuffle. Those present included Dr Aziz Sidky, the new Prime Minister, and the man he is replacing -- Dr Mahmoud Fawzy.
Dr Sidky is to from a new government. Among the other leaders affected by the changes is First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minster Mahmoud Riad, who is expected to become the President's Foreign Affairs Adviser.
SYNOPSIS: Top Egyptian political leaders gathered in Cairo on Sunday to approve the first nominations in a major cabinet reshuffle.
First Deputy Premier and foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad, here with Finance Minister Higazy, is among the leaders affected. He's expected to become Presidential Adviser on Foreign Affairs.
New Prime Minister, Dr. Aziz Sidky, with the man he replaces, Dr Mahmoud Fawzy. Dr. Sidky's appointment was approved at Sunday's meeting, and he is now to form a new government.
President Sadat arrives for the meeting -- a private session of the policy-making Central Committee of the Arab Socialist Union, Egypt's sole political organisation. It's expected that the new cabinet, which is likely to be sworn in this week, will include five Deputy Premiers to assist Prime Minister Sidky.
In an address to the nation last week, President Sadat said that the government's most pressing task was to prepare the home front for a showdown with Israel. He was expected to elaborate in the privacy of the committee meeting.