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    President Sadat of Egypt has urged his new Cabinet to cut red tape in a drive to put new life into the country's economy.

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    President Sadat of Egypt has urged his new Cabinet to cut red tape in a drive to put new life into the country's economy.

    SYNOPSIS: Speaking at the Abdine Palace, he was swearing-in the Cabinet at a special ceremony on Wednesday (10 November). He said red tape had to be eliminated, as had routine, otherwise the difficulties of reconstruction and domestic problems would never be overcome. The Foreign Minister, Dr. Ismail Fahmi, a Deputy Prime Minister was one of the Minister to retain his post.

    Another Deputy Prime Minister to retain his Cabinet position was General Mohammed Abdul Ghany el Gamassy, the Minister for War. The new Government is led by Mr. Mamdouh Salem, whose Centre Group won an overwhelming majority in the elections. In fact, all the members of the new Cabinet belong to the Centre Group. Dr. Aicha Rateb is Minister for Social Affairs and Insurance and also served in the out-going Cabinet. Referring to foreign policy, President Sadat said his main task would be the battle for the liberation of occupied territories which would go parallel with the battle for reconstruction.

    However, the main problems were domestic, and with this in mind, the Cabinet held its first formal meeting after the swearing-in ceremony. The new Cabinet includes a new and stronger economic team. It includes the new post of Deputy Premier for Economic and Financial Affairs held by Dr. Abdul Moneim el Kaisouny. The country is suffering from a budgetary deficit and rapidly rising inflation. Last year Egypt had an estimated trade deficit of two thousand million pounds sterling (3,260 million dollars).

    Most ministers of the former Government retained their posts in the new 32 member Cabinet, which has instructions from President Sadat to be firm in its efforts to restore the economy.

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