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Some would like to give new Egypt PM a chance

Some political figures are willing to give new premier and relatively unknown figure Hisham Kandil a chance before they decide whether or not he was a good pick

Ahram Online, Wednesday 25 Jul 2012
Newly appointed PM Hisham Kandil (Photo: AP)

While the appointment of Hisham Kandil, former minister of irrigation, as prime minister on Tuesday was received with mixed emotions, a number of political figures believe it's still too early to attack the newly appointed premier.

Ahmed Maher, founder of the 6 April Youth Movement, stressed that it was too early to assess Kandil, adding that he personally hasn’t made up his mind about him, in spite of the nomination being controversial among some political commentators.

Maher added that reasons behind the appointment need to be provided for the sake of transparency.

Tharwat Nafei, a member of the Democratic Front Party, expressed his optimism regarding the prime minister's youth. Kandil's exact date of birth has not yet been released, but he is born in 1962. Nafei said that he believes that the new cabinet will accordingly be made up of ministers of the same age, who will succeed in communicating with the Egyptian youth.

Nafei further condemned the "ambushing" attitude embraced by some, arguing that President Morsi should be given a chance to resolve disputes among political forces.

Member of El-Adl party Badawi Khalifa said that his party respects the president's decision and believes that it was made for the good of the country.

Khalifa added that his party doesn’t assess figures but will rather wait to see their performance, even though they expected a premier with a political background.

Hisham Kandil was appointed as irrigation minister in the post-revolution governments of Essam Sharaf and Kamal El-Ganzouri, and claims not to be affiliated with any Egyptian political parties or groups.

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