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Egypt's Morsi announces fruits of first 100 days in Oct.-6 war speech

English.news.cn   2012-10-07 03:28:34            

Egyptians play at a museum which gathers a collection of Egyptian and Israeli weapons used during the 1973 October War in Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 6, 2012. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday paid tribute to the sacrifices of Egyptians in the Oct.-6 war against Israel in a speech commemorating the 39th anniversary of the event. (Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)

CAIRO, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday announced part of the fruits achieved during his first 100 days since taking office in a speech commemorating the 39th anniversary of the Oct.-6 war against Israel.

Speaking to a stadium packed with people, the first freely elected president of Egypt summarized the government's achievement in carrying out the 100-day plan that he put forward at the beginning of his tenure and stressed that the country's economy has been set on a track of recovery.

In the speech, Morsi said 70 percent of the goal set in the field of security has been fulfilled while stressing that this is far from enough and the government will make utmost efforts to fulfill the rest of the goal.

He said the ongoing security campaign will continue in Sinai where the militants are active and causing serious threats to security personnel and civilians alike in the peninsula, adding that this campaign is conducted through coordination among the armed forces, the interior ministry, the intelligence personnel and the Sinai residents.

On the front of fuel shortage, Morsi said 75 percent of the goal has been achieved and attributed the reason for not making the target 100 percent to corruption and smuggling of the commodity.

Egyptians play at a museum which gathers a collection of Egyptian and Israeli weapons used during the 1973 October War in Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 6, 2012. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday paid tribute to the sacrifices of Egyptians in the Oct.-6 war against Israel in a speech commemorating the 39th anniversary of the event. (Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)

He pointed out that two officials alleged of smuggling 23 million liters of diesel and gas in the past two months have been detained, and in the meantime criticized the country's rampant corruption, saying such "bad management" had wasted Egypt's "huge resources."

He further said the government has allocated 16.41 billion U.S. dollars for the field of energy in its budget and that the money will be mostly spent for the "poor 80 percent" rather than the " rich 20 percent."

On the environment front, the president said "nearly 40 percent has been achieved on the file of cleaning," explaining the low rate of fulfillment is due to the failure of the hired foreign companies to deliver on their obligations.

As for the issue of bread production, Morsi said 80 percent of the set goal has been reached, adding that the remaining issues in this regard is to deal with lawlessness and a lack of motivation.

He further said 2.6 billion U.S. dollars is to be spent in the production of bread.

Egyptians play at a museum which gathers a collection of Egyptian and Israeli weapons used during the 1973 October War in Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 6, 2012. Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday paid tribute to the sacrifices of Egyptians in the Oct.-6 war against Israel in a speech commemorating the 39th anniversary of the event. (Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)

In the area of traffic, He said 60 percent of the set goal has been made, citing punishment handed down in numerous case of traffic violations.

Morsi made the speech as part of a large celebration commemorating the 39th anniversary of the Oct.-6 war launched against Israel in 1973, which Egypt deems as a victorious feat that boosted the Arab countries' morale.

Before his election as the first president since the fall of the former regime, Morsi laid out 64 objectives during his campaign as a 100-day program to address the country's chronic issues, including shortages of bread and fuel, traffic congestion, insecurity and cleanliness.

Editor: yan
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