Tantawi to keep his post in new Egyptian government

Published August 1st, 2012 - 01:02 GMT
Qandil and Morsi
Qandil and Morsi

Egyptian Prime Minister appointed Hisham Qandil selected the members of his government. The announcement was made by state television on Wednesday.

More than a month after the inauguration of the Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the prime minister-designate, Hisham Qandil, formed his government which will be formally introduced Thursday. The outgoing ministers of Finance Momtaz Al-Saeed and Foreign Affairs Mohammed Kamel Amr keep their portfolios in the new cabinet. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) and outgoing defense minister, also retains his post. Tantawi served for twenty years as the minister of defense under the presidency of Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in February 2011.

As head of the SCAF, Tantawi was the most senior figure in the country until the inauguration of Morsi last June. The Interior Ministry, which was held by Mohammed Ibrahim, will go now instead to Gamaleddine Ahmed, a former deputy of the interior and director of security in Assiut.

Qandil, 50, was the Minister of Irrigation in the outgoing cabinet of interim Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri, who was appointed last year by the military council.

Morsi, the first civilian Egyptian president since 1952, was sworn in on June 30.

Hisham Qandil, who was nominated on July 24 by Morsi to form the new cabinet, said his government would be composed of technocrats and that the choice of his ministers "would not be based on political affiliations, but on the "competence".

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