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Egypt to have a 'technocratic' government: Qandil

Egypt's new Prime Minister Hisham Qandil promises ministers will be chosen for their abilities, Morsi's 100 day plan top of government agenda, at first press conference Tuesday

Ahram Online, Tuesday 24 Jul 2012
Hesham Kandil
Former Egyptian minister of water resources and irrigation in the outgoing, military-appointed government, Hesham Kandil leaves a meeting in Cairo (Photo: Ahram)
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Newly-appointed Prime Minister Hisham Qandil announced that he will form a "technocratic government" and that his ministers will be chosen according to their qualifications and experience, at his first press conference since assuming the post, Tuesday.

Qandil, the former minister of irrigation and water resources, promised that there will be a balance of political factions within the cabinet and that it will be chosen with the full consent of President Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt's long-awaited premier thanked the country's two previous prime ministers, Essam Sharaf and Kamal El-Ganzouri both of whom he served under, for their exerted efforts "in such a tough time in Egyptian history."

"Ganzouri's government has worked until the last minute and that is a great national effort," he said.

Qandil asserted that the administration's main aim will be to implement the presidential "renaissance" program, particularly Morsi's 100 day planto end several of the country's pressing problems including traffic, bread and fuel shortages, lack of security and garbage accumulation. The current water shortage, he added, would be top of the agenda.

In addition, Qandil explained, the government will work to assure that all the demands of the January 25 Revolution are realised, which he believed was a serious challenge.

Qandil also stressed that each minister will have full authority in the decision-making process and there will be mechanisms in place to complete the goals of past governments, rather than the new cabinet starting from scratch.

Qandil explained that discussions with the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) regarding the appointment of the next minister of defense are currently ongoing.

Head of the SCAF, Field Mashal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi is the incumbent defense minister.

After weeks of speculation, President Morsi appointed Qandil as his new prime minister, in a move that surprised many observers.

Morsi met Qandil at the presidential palace on Sunday but his chances of being offered the premiership were dismissed by many observers, who said the American-educated water and irrigation engineer was too young and lacking in political experience.

 

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Nazeer Ataullah
25-07-2012 12:43pm
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Good Choicd
Good Choice. Young, energetic, qualified and western educated Prime Minister. Hopes are growing high as Egypt is going towards right direction. Direction of professionalism and progress.
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Confused
25-07-2012 12:37am
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but his chances of being offered the premiership were dismissed by many observers, who said the American-educated water and irrigation engineer was too young and lacking in political experience
Egyptians need to leave behind the believe of having a leader over 60 years old if they want a change. Tahrir protests were young educated kids between age 10-40, give them a chance to make the country new modern state.
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Shabbir Ahmed
24-07-2012 10:25pm
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Momin
SuBha nallah, young, educated, experienced, with two cabinets minister. Make Hosni Mubarek, PM. he was very experienced??? O Egyptian brothers thanks to Allah , you have lots of Educated manpower resource, not importing from out side like Pakistan, Be patients
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A woman
26-07-2012 10:12am
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Funny thing...
Funny thing to add to your commend is the fact that a big number of this educated manpower got it's biggest part of professionell education or studies OUTSIDE of Egypt (mainly in the 'behatred' United States of America, hahaha...), like President Mr. Morsy, like Prime Minister Mr. Kandil and many other ones from the ministers, Parliament members and party leaders ......... Funny thing, hmmm....
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TH
24-07-2012 05:03pm
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why should we believe?
a "technocratic " government with ministers chosen for their abilities. This from a man that was chosen only because he is under 60 and is an Islamist but has absolutely no qualifications to run a government leading 85 million in Egyptians during unprecedented economic,political,social and religious challenges. The Brotherhood is in control and is out to make sure we are all lambs being led to the slaughter. Egyptians, beware. Don't believe in their words, watch their deeds and judge for your selves.Time is not on the side of Egypt.
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Karim
24-07-2012 04:46pm
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"Bearded" Egypt!
He is chosen for his beard ))!
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karim
25-07-2012 09:32am
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Ali - thank for your comments.
Ali you don't understand jokes. And this is the most dangerous from people like you. You got too seriously.
ali
24-07-2012 09:25pm
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karim- naroow minded view
Karim- you are a mean, narrow minded anti -Islamist.
Tony
24-07-2012 05:48pm
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Your Spot on
yes he did choose hime because of his beard may god save egypt from these
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