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President Mohamed Morsi highlights successes of first 100 days in office during speech at 1973 October War ceremony on Saturday evening; praises and criticises predecessors without naming names

Ahram Online, Sunday 7 Oct 2012
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is seen on a large screen as he speaks to a packed Cairo Stadium on 6 October national holiday marking the 1973 war with Israel, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi used celebrations to mark the 39th anniversary of the 1973 war against Israel on Saturday to highlight the successes and failures of his first 100 days in office.

Morsi's hour-and-a-half long speech, to around 60,000 people at the Cairo Stadium, was the first of its kind in decades.

Former president Hosni Mubarak had avoided participating in open-air celebrations of the October War after his predecessor, Anwar Sadat, was assassinated at the 1981 military parade marking the anniversary.

The annual celebration, organised this year under the heading of "An army which protects and a People who build," commemorates the day Egypt launched a surprise attack against Israeli forces which had occupied the Sinai Peninsula since 1967.

Morsi arrived at the stadium in a motorcade and waved to the enthusiastic crowds which included many members of the president's own Freedom and Justice Party.

Morsi applauded the wise leaders who planned and executed the Egyptian war plans, but stopped short of mentioning former president Sadat or Israel.

Simultaneously, the president took at swipe at ousted president Hosni Mubarak for using his role in the war as commander of the airforce to garner political capital, but, again, avoided using his name.

A notable attendee was Tarek El-Zoumar, a member of Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the assassination of President Sadat in 1981.

El-Zoumar was released after the 2011 uprising along with other Islamist figures.

A number of Mubarak-era political figures were present, including ex-minister of international cooperation Fayza Abul Naga.

"The 1973 war was a historic victory that restored the dignity of all Egyptians," he said at the beginning of his speech, before discussing his 100-day plan which ends on Monday.

The plan, which Morsi vowed to put in effect when elected in late June, focussed on tackling traffic congestion, fuel and bread shortages, public sanitation and the security vacuum.

"Seventy per cent of the security improvements targeted in the 100-day plan were achieved," he said, and thanked the interior ministry for its efforts.

Concerning fuel shortages, Morsi stated that: “Two officials at the petroleum ministry were involved in smuggling fuel out of Egypt and investigations are ongoing,” and noted that the authorities are still trying to contain the problem.

“Forty per cent of the public sanitation targets have been achieved," Morsi claimed, "with 600,000 tonnes of garbage being removed from Cairo and Giza... 200,000 tonnes from Alexandria and 350,000 tonnes from the remaining governorates.”

He urged Egyptians to stop throwing litter in the street and to abide by traffic laws: “During the past 100 days drivers committed more than 1.5 million traffic violations," which adds to chronic congestion problems.

Morsi said: “80 per cent of the targets aimed at ending bread shortages have been achieved.”

Moving on to economic matters, the president said: “The potential IMF loan is not religiously forbidden. We would prefer hunger to usury.”

Islamists have traditionally deemed loans which accrue interest rates anti-Islamic and some have criticised Morsi for his pursuit of the loan to help revive Egypt's economy.

Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, Interior Minister Mohamed Gamal and former parliamentary speaker Saad El-Katatni were among the leading political figures at the event.

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Leah
08-10-2012 03:00pm
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check your facts!
Sadat was killed by Khalid Islambooli who was NOT from the brotherhood! Stop the slander...slander is a crime! Ya humaza!
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Leah
07-10-2012 08:25pm
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get serious
Morsi IS doing a very fine job! He has inherited a 30 year legacy of corruption, criminality and mismanagement. He is a hero...he is NOT "running round the world begging for money due to bad management and to many promises" as was said by Timmy. Morsi has made more progress in 100 days that Mubarak destroyed in 30 years! Go to any poor area in Egypt and see how far and deep the legacy of corruption that we have been left from Mubarak. I can send you picture if you want! While a few selfish people are over eating a huge many are barely surviving. If you get out and see the reality of Egypt and what Mubarak has done to this country and beyond your own minority world you would see the majority of people living in destitution not driving mercedes. The biggest problem in Egypt is the do nothing Munafiks (hypocrites) who keep complaining about everything (and try to sabotage good people who are trying to fix the mess the other Munafiks have made of this country. They are the ones who need to
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Amourah Idris, Aswan
07-10-2012 08:03pm
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Recovering Economy
Not bad for mechincal engineer. We do not deserve to live if we can not produce our food. What is the future plans to recover economy? We need to change our dirty habits and learn to be clean at early age in schools. It was grand mistake to invite extremisits who killed our hero Sadat for recovering Sinai and poison Israel by Gaza.
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Aladdin, Egypt
07-10-2012 05:11pm
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Criminals are not Celibarities
It was major blunder to invite who killed our national hero Sadat. Traffic and carbage problems will never change unless people change their dirty habits and selfish attitude. For bread, people simply must eat less and lose weight. How many jobs this admin. has created or planned to do? I was at Bir Hasana & Gifgafa defending my country in 1973 War. There is no place in religion in modern society and econimics. Allah AKber.
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Timmy
07-10-2012 05:04pm
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So many lies
How can one man lie so much? His figures are completely made up. He is running round the world begging for money due to bad management and to many promises. Morsi Meter shows a complete failure of Morsi. Also he highjacked the day about 1973 war and made it about the brotherhood, even though the brotherhood did not fight and also KILLED SADAT
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E Dawoud
07-10-2012 07:12pm
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The First 100 days
Bravo - well said! You only need to look around Cairo to see there is a completebreakdown in the infrastructure. My home was also broken into - don't tell me the police are present as we reported and tthey did nothing!!!!
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