Egypt´s Morsi Appoints Youngest PM Since Nasser (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 07/25/12)
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Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi appointed Irrigation Minister Hisham
Kandil as Egypt´s prime minister-designate on Tuesday, Reuters
The report said that critics of Morsi’s Islamist movement questioned
his choice of a prime minister who they said lacked the clout to
bridge deep political divisions.
Kandil’s appointment will allow Morsi to exert greater control over a
day to day government that is still being overseen by a cabinet
appointed last year by the military leadership which took power after
former president Hosni Mubarak was ousted last year. The military
handed authority to Morsi on June 30.
“It´s clear that Kandil wasn’t Morsi´s first choice,” Shadi Hamid, a
political analyst at the Brookings Doha Center, told Reuters. “The
prime minister job at this juncture is not an attractive one for high-
profile figures. It is a very risky one to accept.”
Kandil will need to move fast to address acute economic problems
including a looming balance of payments crisis and unaffordable state
The time it had taken Morsi to name his new prime minister underlined
how Egypt is struggling to turn the new political freedom brought by
the overthrow of Mubarak into an effective government.
Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood politician and the country´s first
civilian president, is seeking to stamp his authority on a state
where the military that assumed power from Mubarak still looms large.
Highlighting the continued influence of the generals, Kandil said
Morsi was in contact with them on the choice of the new defense
minister, a post currently held by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who
held the post under Mubarak.
Reuters quoted a spokesman for Morsi as having described Kandil as
an "independent patriot" who had not belonged to a party either
before or after the uprising against Mubarak.
Aged 49, according to a profile published by the official MENA news
agency, Kandil is the youngest prime minister since Gamal Abdel
Nasser, who came to power in 1954 as both head of state and head of
Kandil, speaking after a meeting with Morsi, promised a cabinet of
technocrats, saying, “Competence will be the prime measure in
choosing the ministers.”
Kandil said his first priority would be to implement Morsi´s plan for
his first 100 days in office, including easing traffic congestion and
public cleanliness, while ending bread and fuel shortages.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2011 07/25/12)
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