FJP will not represent only 30 pct of cabinet: Brotherhood's Ezzat

Ahram Online, Wednesday 27 Jun 2012

Leading Brotherhood figure Mahmoud Ezzat confirms coalition government part of Brotherhood multi-party vision for Egypt; reiterates prime minister and vice-president will not be FJP members

Mahmoud Ezzat
Deputy of Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide Mahmoud Ezzat (Photo: Reuters)

Mahmoud Ezzat, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Guidance Bureau, denied Wednesday in an interview with Saudi satellite channel Al-Arabiya that the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) will only represent 30 per cent of Morsi’s coming cabinet.

The planned coalition government is not being created to simply appease the masses, Ezzat added, but rather stems from a Brotherhood belief that a “renaissance” cannot be achieved with one party ruling.

However, the Brotherhood leading member clarified that both the prime minister and the vice president will not be members of the FJP, which monopolised over 40 per cent of the now-dissolved parliament.

Mohamed Morsi, during negotiations with the revolutionary forces prior to being announced president, promised to appoint non-FJP members to these two key positions.

Ahmed Fahmy speaker of Egypt's Shura Council told London-based Pan-Arab daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsathat he expects Morsi to form a coalition government that represents all Egyptians.

Meanwhile, Farid Ismail, a member of the FJP’s executive office stated on Tuesday that the party will not make up more than 50 per cent of the cabinet set to succeed that of current Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri.

El-Ganzouri’s cabinet was appointed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in December 2011. It is scheduled to leave office once the new cabinet is formed by the president-elect.

Former president of the FJP, Mohamed Morsi, defeated Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, in a heated race during Egypt's presidential runoffs. 

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