Prime Minister Hesham Qandil (Photo: Reuters)
Prime Minister Hisham Qandil held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon – only hours after nine new government ministers were sworn in as part of a cabinet reshuffle – at which he stated that the new government would give a more "promising performance" and would serve to ensure greater "political stability."
Contrary to initial reports ahead of the long-awaited reshuffle, which had been expected to see the appointment of 11 new ministers, Qandil stressed that only nine had been changed since two of those initially slated for dismissal had been judged to be fit and were leading projects that remained unfinished.
Commenting on criticisms of the changes by Egypt's political opposition, Qandil stated that many opposition figures had been invited to take part in meetings devoted to the reshuffle but had instead chosen to boycott the meetings altogether.
"I like to look to the future," Qandil said, stressing the importance of envisioning Egypt in 2050 and striving to work towards achieving particular goals.
He said that Egypt's economic portfolios were the "most important" at the current juncture, going on to assert that increased revenue would be generated by Egypt's Suez Canal and by attempting to reduce unemployment.