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    Egypt's President Sadat has ordered in immediate reshuffle of his cabinet. he told a rally?

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    Egypt's President Sadat has ordered in immediate reshuffle of his cabinet. he told a rally in Cairo on Tuesday (2 May) that he was calling on the Prime Minister, Mamdouh Salem. to make the reshuffle without any further delay. Reuter's newsagency says there has been growing public impatience in Egypt with the government's conduct of domestic affairs, and repeated press reports of an imminent government shake-up.

    SYNOPSIS: President Sadat made his speech in an industrial suburb of Cairo, was described in advance as a crucial domestic and foreign policy address, It co-incided with a trip to Washington by the Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Begin.

    President Sadat gave no details of the cabinet reshuffle, except to say that ministers should be prepared to shoulder their responsibilities and not be afraid to make decisions. "Being a minister today is not an ambition to a goal in itself", he said. "Ministers should face criticism from both inside and outside the people's assembly".

    On foreign affairs, President Sadat described Arab opponents of his Middle-East peace proposal as "political teenagers". He said he remained committee to Arab solidarity and was prepared to resume diplomatic relations with the five Arab states which broke ties with Egypt because of the peace move.

    It is understood that the cabinet changes will not affect the defence or foreign affairs portfolios. President Sadat praised President Carter for his Middle-East peace efforts, and called the U.S. leader a man of principle. But he attacked the Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Begin, saying he was intransigent.

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