Egypt's President expects cabinet reshuffle "soon"
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has announced that a ministerial reshuffle is to be expected "soon."
According to leaks reported by Al-Ahram Arabic news website from President Morsi's taped interview with Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera news network, expected to be aired Saturday evening, reports on the ministers' performance are currently being conducted.
President Morsi reportedly told Al-Jazeera's Khadija Benguenna that ministers whose performance have positively affected the regular Egyptian citizen will remain in their posts, while those who did not make such achievement will have to go.
President Morsi's official Twitter account has also confirmed the expected cabinet reshuffle.
However, President Morsi did not say whether Prime Minister Hesham Qandil will continue in his post or be replaced.
Several opposition forces have been calling for the replacement of Qandil and the cabinet as a way of tackling the political strife in Egypt.
President Morsi also spoke about various internal and international issues during the interview, which is divided into two parts, each about 50 minutes long.
Al-Ahram reports that President Morsi said that Egypt's negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have not failed and that the IMF has its "conditions and priorities just like Egypt does."
Morsi also reportedly said on the Qatari-owned news network that Egypt will not accept a loan that would threaten the Egyptian people's economic security, and would continue discussions with the IMF.
In addition, Morsi dismissed recent reports on selling Egypt's Suez Canal to Qatar, or any other country, as "false." He said that he would not allow the giving up of a "speck of Egyptian sand."
The president also spoke about the Palestinian situation, saying that Egypt constantly coordinates between Palestinian factions for a "binding" reconciliation deal.
However, he pointed out that Egypt's role in Palestine will not adversely affect it, dismissing and criticising all claims about Palestinians being displaced to the Egyptian Sinai peninsula as a new home.
On Egypt-Iran relations, Morsi said that they are not worrying and Egyptian international relations stem from the "citizen's interest." He also called upon the Iranian administration to work on reaching a solution to the Syrian crisis.