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Saturday 19 April 2014

Morsi defends first 100 days record

Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi greets the crowds in Cairo (AP)

Egypt's new Islamist president has defended his record in his first 100 days in office while acknowledging that he has not fulfilled all of his promises and that much work lies ahead.

Mohammed Morsi, who is Egypt's first civilian president, promised during the campaign to solve some of the country's most pressing issues in his first three months in power. Critics say little has been achieved since he took office in June.

But in a nearly two-hour speech on the anniversary of Egypt's 1973 war with Israel, Mr Morsi responded by touting what he said were his administration's accomplishments over its first 100 days, including fighting corruption and trying to restore security.

He also vowed to enact reforms to fulfil the goals of last year's uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

Press Association

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