Egyptian cabinet meets after constitutional referendum

MENA, Ahram Online, Thursday 16 Jan 2014

Egypt's interim government meets Thursday to discuss this week's referendum on a new constitution, unofficial results from which point to an overwhelming vote endorsing the national charter

Hazem El-Beblawi
Interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi (Photo: AP)

The interim Egyptian cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi, met Thursday to discuss a number of internal and external issues, the state-owned MENA news agency reported.

Earlier reports said there would be a cabinet reshuffle soon after the constitutional referendum, held Tuesday and Wednesday this week. However, the spokesperson of the government, Hany Salah, refused comment on the matter when speaking to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, saying that the decision rests with the interim president.   

The cabinet will discuss the high turnout in the constitutional referendum and the different sectors of Egyptians who participated in the poll along with the role of security and military forces during the two-day referendum.

The cabinet will also discuss the government's efforts to provide basic supplies for citizens and oversee market prices, as well as ways to promote the national economy amid an economic stimulus package of LE29 billion.

Salah denied news reports that Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaa El-Din is looking to leave his position.

On the constitutional referendum, Salah stated that El-Beblawi has been monitoring the results coming from polling stations and that the government is very optimistic about the outcome.  

According to Ahram Online`s unofficial final results, turnout in the referendum was 19,311,010 across Egypt, with a "yes" vote of 18,631,844 (98%) and a "no" vote of 366,410 (2%).

The new constitution, widely expected to pass the referendum, replaces the one drafted in 2012 under an Islamist government headed by ousted president Mohamed Morsi. That charter was suspended 3 July upon Morsi's removal.

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