The Egyptian leader, President Anwar Sadat, Has received near-unan???us support in a national referendum held?
GV Street in Mit Abul Kom ZOOM TO banner across street
CU Banner with Sadat's picture in it (2 shots)
GV Polling centre in village
CU & SV People voting (2 shots)
SV Sadat arrives at polling place with wife and is met by officials
SV Sadat voting and shakes hands with officials and leaves
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Background: The Egyptian leader, President Anwar Sadat, Has received near-unan???us support in a national referendum held to decide whether he should serve a second six-year term as head of state.
SYNOPSIS: Egypt's nine million voters went to the polls on Thursday (16 September) to decide whether Mr. Sadat should continue as their leader for another six years. The President had no serious rival in the run-up to the referendum, which followed his unanimous nomination by the Egyptian People's Assembly last moth. The ballot pares had only one question -- whether Mr. Sadat should continue.
Mr. Sadat himself was at the village of Mit Abul Kom to cast his vote in the referendum. He was accompanied to the polling station by his wife Jehan. The President needed only a simple majority to be elected. While Mr. Sadat does not command the same emotional following as his remains the dominant figure in Egyptian politics.
Interior Minister Sayed Fahmi announced the results of the referendum. He said more than 99.9 percent of the votes backed Mr. Sadat. Only 5,605 out of more than nine million voters said no. Mr. Sadat received only 90 percent of the vote when first elected in 1970 following the death of Colonel Nasser. He will be formally sworn in as Egyptian head of state next month.