27 December 2012

Egypt: Morsi - I Shall Undertake Necessary Changes for Sake of Egypt

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Addressing the nation on Wednesday 26/12/2012, President Mohamed Morsi said the Egyptian people have managed to demonstrate to the whole world that their time honored civilization is still alive.

In a televised statement, the President welcomed disagreement of opinion and rejected violence and violation of law. Morsi said he has assigned Prime Minister Hisham Qandil to undertake a limited Cabinet reshuffle that conforms to the needs of the coming stage.

In his statement, Morsi said the vote on the draft constitution was held in a transparent and fair way.

Judges have supervised the referendum, Morsi said in his speech marking the constitution endorsement after 63.8 per cent of Egyptian voters approved.

The President congratulated the Egyptians for adopting the first post-Revolution constitution.

"The Egyptian people proved to the world that their ancient civilization is still alive when they voted in a referendum that was totally held in transparent way and was supervised by the judiciary and monitored by NGOs" Morsi added.

The President thanked the High Elections Commission (HEC), judges, the armed forces and police, paying tribute to those who have contributed in rendering successful this big national event.

"By adopting the new constitution, Egypt can move towards a new stage that will boost security and stability in the country," Morsi added.

President Morsi asserted that he respects the rights of those who oppose the constitution, but all parties must not resort to violence.

"Throughout last few days and weeks of anticipation and worry, I have done my best to overcome this difficult chapter of our history." Morsi added.

"I was determined to put the will of Egyptian people into force through a constitution that paves the way for development, prosperity and social justice" he said.

"For this purpose, I have shouldered the responsibility of taking a lot of tough decisions," Morsi added. The President renewed his call for dialogue.

"For the sake of our nation, I renew my call on political parties to take part in the national dialogue," he said.

Morsi called on all political powers to throw their weight behind efforts aiming at reaching consensus. "They should take part in drawing the roadmap of this stage," Morsi said.

The President said the upcoming days will witness more effort to push forward the national economy which is witnessing immense challenges, adding economy has high prospects to grow.

He said he will undertake the changes that conform to the needs of comprehensive development in Egypt. He said government of the Premier Qandil is doing its job in difficult circumstances. He said he is having consultations with Qandil on the ministerial reshuffle that is needed for satisfying the needs of the coming stage.

The President said he will do his best to mitigate the sufferings of the limited income brackets, adding he and the government will spare no efforts to support these classes.

He said the coming days will witness launching many projects in the field of services, production and offering incentives to investors to support Egypt's economy.

Concluding, the President said he well do his best to take care of the homeland interests and to preserve the homeland's territorial integrity.

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