Hisham Qandil and Kamal El Ganzouri in Cabinet meeting on Thursday (Photo: Ahram)
Former prime minister Kamal El-Ganzouri officially handed over responsibility for Egypt's government to newly-appointed successor Hisham Qandil at a Thursday cabinet meeting.
In a statement issued the same day, the Egyptian Cabinet stressed its respect for El-Ganzouri and his team of ministers, which, it noted, had managed to maintain security, deliver on citizens' demands, and protect the economy by maintaining the local currency, national cash reserves and inflation rates, all while facing precarious circumstances.
Attendees at the cabinet meeting reportedly congratulated Qandil and wished him luck in Egypt's current difficult circumstances. They also urged him to "build on" the achievements of the Ganzouri government.
The outgoing Ganzouri government, for its part, urged Egypt's new prime minister to focus on two main areas: a plan aimed at doubling state income within the coming ten years (prepared by the international cooperation ministry); and efforts aimed at reducing Egypt's national unemployment rate to 4 per cent.
The cabinet meeting also reportedly discussed a report by Egypt's environmental affairs ministry regarding the prime minister's responsibility for improving public sanitation countrywide.