Source Pravda.Ru

Egyptian leader seeks power

President Hosni Mubarak, a close U.S. ally, was sworn in Tuesday for a fifth, six-year term after his landslide victory in the country's first contested presidential election.

Mubarak was sworn in by parliament speaker Fathi Serour during an emergency session held under tight security in downtown Cairo. A 21-gun salute followed the swearing in. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi attended the ceremony, drawing a round of applause as he entered the chamber.

The Egyptian leader later addressed the house, dominated by his ruling National Democratic Party, to outline the priorities of his new term, which runs to 2011.

Mubarak, 77 and only days short of completing 25 years in office, won 88 percent of the vote in the Sept. 7 election. However, only 23 percent of the 32 million registered voters took part in the election, leaving Mubarak with the support of 6.5 million voters in a country of some 72 million.

In a February decree, Mubarak had asked parliament to amend the constitution to allow multi-candidate presidential elections. The new system, which was adopted in May, replaced the yes/no referendums in which he had run unopposed four times since 1981, receiving more than 90 percent of the vote each time.

Nine candidates ran in the Sept. 7 election against Mubarak, but only two of them were serious challengers. Ayman Nour of the opposition Al-Ghad party and Noaman Gomaa of the Wafd party took 7.3 and 2.8 percent of the vote respectively.

During the campaign, Mubarak promised to surrender some of his wide reaching powers to the Cabinet and the legislature. He also pledged to implement a package of measures to create millions of jobs, better housing and health care and to raise wages for government employees, Reuters reports.

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
Comments
How Gaddafi’s Great Man-Made River Project became part of Water Wars
Russia to spend trillions to upgrade its army and navy before 2027
Russia to spend trillions to upgrade its army and navy before 2027
Unveiled: Secret Pentagon UFO program. From science fiction to science fact
Treasure of Catherine II times found in city centre of Moscow
Riots spark in Ukraine again, but people will not die for idiots this time
Russian PM Medvedev: USA undermines relationship with Russia for decades
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
North Korea is not a threat to the US
North Korea is not a threat to the US
Saudi Arabia readies to enjoy cinemas and music for the first time in 40 years
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
Russian politician says Donald Trump extremely dangerous for Russia
ISIS threatens to conduct large-scale terrorist attacks in USA for Jerusalem decision
American Bioweaponry