CAIRO - Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said on Saturday he had fallen short of goals he promised to fulfill in his first 100 days in office, but aimed to assuage critics by highlighting his most prominent achievements.
Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, was handed power in June by the army council that ruled Egypt for 16 months following Hosni Mubarak's ouster in a popular uprising in 2011 and after a presidential election.
He spoke on Saturday before tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered at the Cairo stadium to mark the anniversary of Egypt's successful crossing of the Suez Canal in its October 1973 war against Israel.
"When election results were announced and I took up responsibility on June 30, I announced a clear program," Morsi told the crowds, referring to a 100-day plan that broadly focused on issues of security, supply of energy and bread, street cleanliness, and traffic decongestion.
"What has been achieved is not enough of course, but what has been achieved by professional standards is about 70 percent of what we targetted during those 100 days."