Samir Radwan: PM decision is not final

Marwa Hussein, Tuesday 9 Jul 2013

Former finance minister was offered position of prime minister but says the deliberations are still ongoing

Samir Radwan
Former Egyptian finance minister Samir Radwan (Photo: AP)

Samir Radwan, Egypt’s first post-revolution finance minister, says he was offered on Monday the post of prime minister, but the decision is not final yet.

"It is an honour but deliberations are still ongoing," Radwan told Ahram Online by phone from Geneva.

He stressed that restoring security should be the first priority for all parties involved in the political scene.

Radwan was appointed finance minister at the end of January 2011 by former president Hosni Mubarak. He remained in his post after the 2011 revolution.

Radwan is a renowned economist with liberal tendencies and a strong interest in employment and human development issues. He was a member of Mubarak’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP).

Having a Keynesian background, Radwan defended at the time an expansionist budget characterised by increase of public investments to enhance economic activity.

His budget was rejected by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, then ruling the country.

Radwan resigned from his post in July 2011.

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