Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has won over 99 per cent of valid votes in a national referendum on whether he should serve a second six-year term as Head of State.
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Background: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has won over 99 per cent of valid votes in a national referendum on whether he should serve a second six-year term as Head of State.
SYNOPSIS: When the result of the referendum was announced, Mr. Sadat issued a statement expressing his thanks to the electorate for their support. The exact percentage of valid votes in his favour was 99.939. This figure is almost ten per cent higher than that of 1970, when he was first elected President following the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser.
While the overwhelming vote in favour of Mr. Sadat was a foregone conclusion, it buttressed his position at a time when he is seeking to step up Egypt's role in the quest for peace in Lebanon. Lebanese leaders have been passing through Egypt in the past few days for talks with President Sadat on the civil war in their country. Much of the popular support for the President stems form the 1973 Middle East war, when Egyptian troops crossed the Suez Canal and, for a time, pushed Israeli forces back. He then steered Egypt towards the interim accords with Israel which returned to Egypt all least part of Israeli-occupied territory and gave the country a widely-welcomed breathing space.
Mr. Sadat, now 57, will be sworn in for his second six-month.