Ministries of culture and antiquities can be merged: Egypt new PM Qandil

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 Jul 2012

Prime minister designate Hisham Qandil says it is probable that two ministries will soon be merged

Hisham Qandil, prime minister designate, has revealed to journalists at his office in the water ministry in Nasr City that there is a strong possibility that the culture ministry will be merged with the antiquities ministry, as was the case before the January 25 Revolution.

The newly appointed prime minister told journalists that the merger decision will depend on the recommendations of culture and antiquities experts, as well the vision of the incoming minister of culture, along with the size of investments and funding required in the culture and antiquities fields.

The Ministry of Antiquities came to life amid the January uprising when ousted president Hosni Mubarak appointed famed archeologist and former head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, as minister of antiquities on 31 January 2011.

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