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Cabinet reshuffle won't include PM Qandil: Egypt presidency

Presidential spokesman says talks are still underway with political forces over expected govt reshuffle, reiterates that PM Qandil will remain in post

Ahram Online, Tuesday 30 Apr 2013
Presidential spokesman Omar Ammar (Photo: Official Facebook page for presidential spokesman)
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Egypt’s presidential spokesman Omar Amer announced on Wednesday that negotiations with different parties and political forces are still ongoing regarding the awaited cabinet reshuffle.

On 20 April, President Mohamed Morsi stated in an interview with Al Jazeera that Egypt's cabinet would be reshuffled "soon," although he declined to specify which ministers would be replaced.

“The ministerial reshuffle will be announced soon,” said Amer during the press conference held at the presidential palace refusing to reveal any name of any of the nominated ministers."

Notably, Amer has again reaffirmed that the reshuffle will not include Prime Minister Hisham Qandil.

The presidency's spokesman has announced earlier on Wednsday that Qandil will not be changed in the coming cabinet reshuffle.

Replacement of the current cabinet, including Qandil, with a government of 'national unity' has been a longstanding demand of Egypt's political opposition, which accuses the Morsi-appointed government of being beholden to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which the president hails.

Last Wednesday, Strong Egypt party led by moderate Islamist Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh issued a statement criticising the president's insistence of keeping Qandil in his position.

The same sentiment was echoed by Salafist Al-Nour Party in a statement on Thursday.

Amer further announced that Qatar has finalised a deal of buying treasury bonds worth of $3 billion from Egypt, adding more developments will be announced soon regarding the the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan which Egypt has been seeking.

During the press conference Amer also congratulated on behalf of the president Egyptian Copts for their holidays, announcing that a presidential delegation will be attending the mass.

Last Friday, Egypt's Pope Tawadros II accused president Mohamed Morsi of neglecting Christians in Egypt.

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