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Morsi to address Cabinet, IMF loan and judiciary in Al-Jazeera interview

Morsi's interview with Al-Jazeera, airing Saturday evening, will be taped and not broadcast live, contradicting earlier announcements

Ahram Online, Saturday 20 Apr 2013
File photo: Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi (R) meets with Egypt's new Prime Minster Hisham Qandil at the presidential palace in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has begun taping Saturday afternoon a television interview with Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera news network, a source from the presidency confirmed to Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

The source said the interview will be broadcast Saturday evening, without specifying an exact time.

The interview, which is being recorded in Al-Qubba Presidential Palace in Cairo, will tackle the issue of the Cabinet amid longstanding opposition demands for the sacking of Prime Minister Hisham Qandil and intermittent rumours on his fate.

The interview, according to the source, will also tackle the proposed IMF loan Egypt has requested and the controversies surrounding it, as well as the conflict between the presidency and the judiciary following a Friday rally by the Muslim Brotherhood (from which Morsi hails) demanding a "purge of all Mubarak-era figures from the judicial authority."

President Morsi will also answer questions related to Egypt's foreign policy relative to the United States, African countries, the Palestinian cause and the Syrian crisis.

Official spokesman of the presidency Omar Amer had announced Thursday that the interview would be broadcast live Saturday, which would have made it the president's first live interview since he took office in June 2012.

The president last appeared in a television interview with state television in February.

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