25 July 2012

Egypt: PM - Mursi's Manifesto is Priority, SCAF to Appoint Defense Minister

Then Minister of Water and Irrigation, Hisham Kandil, and USAID/Egypt Mission Director, Walter North (file photo).

Egypt's appointed prime minister Hisham Kandil said that the military council will appoint the defense minister of the new administration, expressing his appreciation for their role and describing it as patriotic.

Kandil suggested in a statement to television presenter Lamees al-Hadidi on a satellite channel on Tuesday evening, that the appointment of an interior minister will take place in consultation with the president similar to other ministers.

The irrigation expert made PM insisted that the administration's priority will be to accomplish President Mohamed Mursi's manifesto, particularly urgent concerns such as electricity, traffic and improving the quality of bread.

Kandil pointed out that consultations on forming the new government began yesterday where technocracy and competence are the main criteria while putting some balances into account.

He denied the imposition of certain candidates to fill in the posts, especially rumors of appointing businessman and deputy of the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide, Khairat al-Shater, deputy prime minister.

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