Egyptian Salafist Party proposes names for new cabinet ministers

Ahram Online , Tuesday 10 Jul 2012

Chairman of Salafist Nour Party sends Morsi suggestions of government ministers, but denies accusations of seeking to pressure new president

Emad Abdel Ghaffour, head of the Islamist Salafi Nour (Light) Party (Photo: Reuters)
Emad Abdel Ghaffour, head of the Islamist Salafi Nour (Light) Party (Photo: Reuters)

The Salafist Nour Party has presented President Mohamed Morsi with a number of names as possible ministers within the new cabinet.

Chairman of the Nour party Emad Abdel-Ghafour denied any attempt by the party to pressure the new president.

"The party simply has a range of qualified candidates," said Emad stressing that the party had not made any demands for the leadership of any specific ministries.

Abdel-Ghafour made his comments following a meeting with head of parliament Saad El-Katatni on Tuesday.

Egypt's government is currently headed by PM Kamal El-Ganzouri who was appointed by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) in December 2011. El-Ganzouri's cabinet is now acting in a caretaker capacity until a new cabinet is formed.

Following Morsi's inauguration on 30 June, a number of names have circulated in the press regarding the new cabinet, but nothing has as yet been confirmed.  

With regard to the prime minister, there has been speculation in particular around three prominent figures, reform campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei, veteran central banker Farouk El-Okdah and former finance minister Hazem El-Beblawi.

Most commentators however think that none of the three will be appointed prime minister. Two other names have been added to the speculative mix, both of whom have a background in economics. Mahmoud Abul Eyoon, is a former governor of Egypt’s Central Bank and acted as advisor to several ministers from 1987 to 1992. The other figure, Hisham Ramez, former deputy governor of the Egyptian Central Bank, is currently managing director of Commercial International Bank, the country’s largest private bank.

Yasser Ali spokesman of the presidential office revealed on Tuesday that the prime minister would be announced before Morsi's trip to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

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