The new Egyptian cabinet, under the Premiership of President Anwar Sadat, took office and held its first meeting on Wednesday (March 28) after an official swearing-in ceremony at the Abdin Palace.
GV & SV Guard outside Abdin Palace (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR Dr. Ashraf Ghorbal, spokesmen for President Sadat, speaking
SV Mamdouh Mohamed Salem, reading oath of office, with Sadat in background listening (2 shots)
SCU General Ahmed Ismail Aly, war minister, reads oath & shakes hands
SCU Dr. Aicha Rateb, minister of social affairs makes oath and shakes hands with Sadat & others
SV Cabinet ministers line up
CU Sadat, ZOOM OUT TO GV Ministers pose for official photographs
DR. ASHRAF GHORBAL: "Today we enter a new era, full of its importance. The President has asked everyone to assume his responsibilities and to give everything that they have to Egypt, to its liberty, to its sons and to the future generations of Egyptians under the banner of freedom."
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Background: The new Egyptian cabinet, under the Premiership of President Anwar Sadat, took office and held its first meeting on Wednesday (March 28) after an official swearing-in ceremony at the Abdin Palace.
The new cabinet has 36 members, including 16 newcomers. There are to be four deputy premiers.
President Sadat assumed the Premier's post on Tuesday (march 27),
saying it was in preparation for a total confrontation with Israel. He also declared himself military governor-general under state-of-emergency powers declared just before the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, which are still in force.
President Sadat appointed his deputy premier and interior minister Mr. Mamdouh Salem as deputy military governor-general.
At the swearing-in ceremony, Dr. Ashraf Ghorhal, the presidential spokesman, made a statement in English on behalf of President Sadat, calling on all Egyptians to give everything they have to Egypt, its liberty and the future generations.
SYNOPSIS: An Egyptian Presidential spokesman called on Wednesday for full national support for the country's new cabinet.
The statement came as the new thirty-six member cabinet was being sworn in at Cairo's Abdin Palace. Mr. Mamdouh Salem took the oath as deputy premier, under President Anwar Sadat. General Ahmed Ismail Aly, minister of war, read the oath, taken by all members before the cabinet's first meeting.
President Sadat assumed the job of premier on Tuesday, saying it was in readiness for total confrontation with Israel. He also proclaimed himself military governor-general.
The cabinet has sixteen new members. In its meeting, following the official swearing-in ceremony, President Sadat urged the cabinet to quickly solve problems such as shortages in consumer goods and housing.
The new cabinet replaces the fourteen month old regime of Premier Aziz Sidky, which resigned last week to clear the way for President Sadat's reorganisation.