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Morsi talks Egypt's future, rebuffs critics on 1973 war anniversary: Quotes

President Mohamed Morsi gave a speech at Cairo Stadium Saturday to commemorate the 39th anniversary of Egypt’s military victory against Israel during the 1973 war

Ahram Online, Sunday 7 Oct 2012
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi waves to the crowd gathered in a stadium upon his arrival for a speech on the 6th of October national holiday marking the 1973 war with Israel, Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.(Photo: AP)
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Here are some of the key quotes of the night.

6 October war

“The 1973 war as a historic victory that restored the dignity of all Egyptians.”

“The second victory came on January 25 Revolution when the People and the army united.”

“The January 25 Revolution was peaceful before the hand of betrayal turned it violent.”

“I’m optimistic over Egypt's future, I have the utmost confidence in all Egyptians.”

100-day plan (security, traffic)

“70 per cent of the security improvements targeted by the 100-day plan was achieved.”

“75 per cent of the wanted elements in Sinai were hunted down.”

“Around 60 per cent of the targets aiming at improving traffic were achieved.”

“Any assault on Copts is an assault on me.”

“During the past 100 days, drivers committed more than 1.5 million traffic violations.”

100-day plan (economy)

“Two officials at the petroleum ministry were involved in smuggling fuels out of Egypt, as investigations are still underway”

“The IMF loan Egypt might incur is not religiously forbidden. We would prefer hunger to usury [Reba].”

“Egypt's Inflation reached its lowest rate in ten years in September, recording 6.3 per cent.”

“Egypt has got $10 billion worth of foreign investments and aids after his recent worldwide tour.”

“46.000 farmers have been exempted of their under-LE10,000 debts.”

100-day plan (garbage, bread and tourism)

“40 per cent of the public sanitation targets were achieved. 600.000 tons of garbage were removed from Cairo and Giza.”

“200.000 tons of garbage from Alexandria were removed, and so were 350.000 tons from the rest of the governorates.”

“80 per cent of the targets aiming at ending bread shortages were achieved.”

“Tourists' number rose by 11 per cent in September compared to the same month last year.”

Morsi denies accusations

“My participation in Friday's prayers does not require LE3 million each time as reports claimed.”

“I never earned any travel allowances during the recent worldwide trips.”

“I still live in a rented apartment, I do not receive any illicit gains.”

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