Six Egyptian cabinet ministers submitted their resignations to President Anwar Sadat on Thursday (13 May).?
Six Egyptian cabinet ministers submitted their resignations to President Anwar Sadat on Thursday (13 May). First to resign was Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Sharawy Mohammed Gomaa. Later the other five ministers, including the War Minister, General Mohammed Fawzy, tendered their resignations. General Fawzy was chosen to reorganise the Egyptian forces after the June 1967 war, and was appointed War Minister in June 1968. His resignation was the biggest surprise, s he was pictured in Thursday's Cairo newspapers with President Sadat, talking to troops at the Suez Canal frontline. Thursday night President Sadat appointed Lieutenant-General Mohamed Ahmed Sadek as War Minister and Commander in Chief of the armed forces. He was previously the Chief of Staff of the armed forces.
In addition to the six cabinet ministers, three leading members of Arab Socialist Union--Egypt's only political organisation -- also resigned. Thursday's resignations followed weeks of internal political turmoil in Egypt, in which President Sadat has come under criticism over major policy matters. He recently dismissed Aly Sabry, one of his two Vice-Presidents, after Sabry had accused the President of failing to consult his colleagues on the probe for peace with Israel and the formation of a federation with Libya and Syria.
This VISNEWS library film shows President Sadat meeting with his cabinet ministers and military commanders in Cairo in March.