Egypt's President Anwar Sadat has blamed what he called small groups of the "adventurous left" and "reactionary rightists" for recent student disturbances.
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Egyptian Cabinet Ministers and parliamentarians gathered at the National Assembly in Cairo on Wednesday for a speech by President Sadat.
Parliament had been called to a special sitting to hear what he had to say. The speech followed the Assembly's referral to the President of a Parliamentary report on the recent student disturbances. As Parliament waited, so did the rest of the nation, in front of radio and television sets.
President Sadat blamed small groups of the "adventurous left" and "reactionary rightists" and "reactionary rightists" for the recent student demonstrations. He warned students would no longer be allowed to deviate from the broad student base.
The president - introduced by Mr. Hafez Badawy - said he had chosen the path of democracy and there was no turning back. He invited the resignation of all government officials who did not believe in the principles of the Egyptian revolution. The country had enough of what he called laxity and from now on everyone would be accounted for every word he said.
During his speech, which lasted one-hour-and-50-minutes, President Sadat touched only lightly on the general situation in the Middle East. He said that in the last five years, the country had spent four-thousand-million Egyptian pounds on its armed forces. This money had been spent at the expense of such municipal projects as telephones and drainage.
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Background: Egypt's President Anwar Sadat has blamed what he called small groups of the "adventurous left" and "reactionary rightists" for recent student disturbances.
In a one-hour-and-50-minute speech to Parliament - and carried live on radio and television - President Sadat said he had chosen the path of democracy and there was no turning back.
He warned that students would no longer be allowed to deviate from what he called the "broad student base" of the main body of Egypt's 250-thousand students.
During his speech, President Sadat touched only lightly on the Middle East situation, saying Egypt had spent many millions of pounds on its armed forces in recent years at the expense of municipal services, such as telephones and drainage.