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Egypt's main salafist party refuses to join Qandil cabinet

Salafist Nour Party refuses to take up posts in incoming government of PM Hisham Qandil, saying Muslim Brotherhood had failed to keep earlier promises made to it

Ahram Online, Wednesday 1 Aug 2012
Ahmed Khalil
Egypt's Nour Party member Ahmed Khalil (Ahram)
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The Salafist Nour Party refuses to take part in Egypt's new cabinet headed up by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil because the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) had "failed to fulfil its promises" to the ultra-conservative party, leading Nour Party member Ahmed Khalil announced Wednesday.

According to Khalil, the Salafist party had rejected an earlier proposal by Qandil to appoint Nour Party member Khaled Alim Eddin as environment minister because the FJP, he said, had failed to honour an earlier deal – details of which were not divulged to the public – with his party.

Khalil added that the Nour Party also objected to the fact that it had not been included in negotiations over new cabinet members.

The Salafist party is expected to hold a press conference on Friday to announce its official position on the new Qandil-led cabinet.

"The party will support the position of the people for the good of the country," Khalil told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website.

On Tuesday, Qandil met with President Mohamed Morsi – who hails from the ranks of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood – with whom he reviewed the final list of new cabinet appointees.

New cabinet members are expected to be sworn into their respective offices before Morsi on Thursday.

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A woman
02-08-2012 07:19pm
No loss....
Thanks you, that's really no loss...
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02-08-2012 04:03pm
Good, no one wants you in the new cabinet, Parliament, or anything else having to do with Egypt. You Salafists are disgusting, and have no experience with anything. I don't even know why you want to be part of the government, since you don't believe in democracy, or any of the freedoms and rights that come with it. You don't believe in having a civil state! And your party has been a source of disgrace for Egypt, with your lies about plastic surgery and sex scandals. Why don't you spend your time and actually go and learn about the religion (growing a disgusting beard doesn't count), which I am sure most of you know nothing, because if you were REAL Muslims you would not behave the way you do.
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