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People's Assembly special committee slams El-Ganzouri government

A special parliamentary committee formed to assess the interim government says the Ganzouri government falls short of the aspirations of the Egyptian people

MENA, Wednesday 28 Mar 2012
Egypt's army-appointed Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri (Photo: Reuters)

The special committee formed by the People's Assembly to assess the interim government has described Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri's latest comments on the cabinet's performance as "weak," saying it does not reflect the ambitions of the Egyptian people.

The report concluded that all 19 committees of the People's Assembly unanimously rejected El-Ganzouri's statement, citing a large "gap between the recommendations and visions of the MPs and what the government has offered."

The special committee also reiterated that El-Ganzouri's interim government is still insistent on ignoring the people's demands and deliberately failing to tackle their daily life problems.  

Among the issues the government has failed to tackle, the report says , is lacklustre security on a nationwide scale. The report also lamented the fact that the national budget deficit has reached $8.7 billion, saying economic reforms are of the utmost importance. 

Among other recommendations, the report said authorities must reconsider deals on the export of natural gas. The committee also criticized El-Ganzouri's comments on the ongoing transition to democracy, saying the premier's statement was generic and empty.

The committee called for the cleansing of governmental institutes of corruption and oppression.

El-Ganzouri's cabinet came under fire weeks ago after MPs from the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which comprises the majority in parliament, demanded the dissolution of the government for its poor performance.

The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), however, wants to keep the Ganzouri government until a new president takes over in June, which sparked a verbal joust between the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's military rulers.

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