Revolutionary movements name Baradei prime minister in national salvation government

Salma Shukrallah, Friday 25 Nov 2011

Wholly rejecting the appointment of Ganzouri to head new government, revolutionary movements in Tahrir name 5 members of an alternative national salvation government

Revolutionaries name NSG
Representatives of revolutionary youth movements announce names of NSG before the Cabinet offices in Kasr El-Aini St. (photo: Mai Shaheen)

Gathered before the Cabinet offices on Kasr El-Aini Street, representatives of revolutionary movements announced to several thousand protesters, who had earlier marched there from nearby Tahrir, the names of 5 people they would like to form the core of the national salvation government that a million-strong protest in Tahrir and tens of thousands of protesters around the country insist should replace the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) in overseeing the transition to a democratic Egypt.

Flatly rejecting SCAF's confirmation earlier in the day of its charging Kamel El-Ganzouri, former prime minister under Mubarak (1996-99) of forming the new government, the representatives of the youth and revolutionary movements named Mohamed El-Baradei as the head of the government of national salvation. Nobel Peace Prize winner and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Baradei was slated as a candidate for the presidency. Recently, however, he expressed his willingness to serve as the head of a transition government, so long as that government was properly empowered, and not a mere lackey of SCAF.

The movements would also like to see two other erstwhile presidential hopefuls to take up the job of deputy prime ministers in a Baradei-headed cabinet. They are Hamdeen Sabahi, leader of the Nasserist Karama Party and former member of parliament, and Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Futtouh.

Two other members of the proposed Baradei cabinet were put forward by the movements as consensus candidates. They are Ahram economic journalist, Ahmed El-Naggar, and Judge Ashraf Baroudy.

The announcement came following the SCAF’s decision to appoint Ganzouri as prime minister, a move which was viewed by protestors as extremely provocative, and following mass protests demanding that SCAF immediately hand over power to a civilian government.    

Sources in the leadership of the youth movements indicated that a press conference is to be held in Tahrir Square at 8pm, with a number, or all of the political figures named in the demanded national salvation government attending.



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