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Majority party FJP shoots down demand from opposition NSF meeting for new cabinet

Following a private meeting where opposition National Salvation Front leaders demanded a new cabinet, FJP replies it is not feasible in unstable Egypt

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Feb 2013
Katatni and ElBaradei
Saad al-Katatni, head of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party, talks during a news conference next to Egyptian liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei (R) after their meeting in Cairo January 31, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
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The majority in government, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) said Sunday demands for a new cabinet is not currently feasible, following a meeting held between FJP head Saad El-Katatni, and opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) leaders Mohamed ElBaradei and Sayed El-Badawi.

In a private meeting held in ElBaradei's home on Saturday, the three leading political figures discussed a list of demands, mainly concerning reshuffling the cabinet.  

"It is difficult to create a new cabinet, from the FJP's point of view, in such political instability, especially when the country is experiencing a turbulent economic situation," the statement reads.

The FJP added that the party is already considering a ministerial reshuffle to take place after parliamentary elections in April, 2013.

Protests against Morsi's government during and following the two-year anniversary of January 25 Revolution, have prompted several meetings between leading figures to attempt to solve the impasse.

The Islamist Salafist Nour Party has been a leading one initiative to push for dialogue with the main opposition group. The FJP clarified that the meeting with the NSF was not connected to the national dialogue initiative spearheaded by the Nour Party.

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18-02-2013 01:29pm
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If I am elected President !
So the FJP is in power and has proven they are incompetent at running the country. The opposition NSF has demonstrated equal incompetence at mounting any meaningful and constructive efforts to reverse the situation. Morsi in the meantime is hopelessly lost , unable or unwilling to lead. If I am elected President, I would immediately announce a 10 point plan: 1)parliamentary elections in 3 months 2)announce a national referendum on Presidency in 18 months ( after 2 years in power ) 3)immediately meet with opposition leaders and agree on a new PM and a new government that will govern for next 18 months. Key ministries of Defense, Finance, Labor and Interior to be agreed during meeting. As President and Chairman of this meeting, I would insure involvement of all, compromises and decisions made. 4)Within 30 days, each new minister to publicly present a Vision and a 3 year plan for his area, with focus on actions needed for next 18 months. 5)Announce an economic conference on Egypt t
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