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Al-Nour Party stresses importance of technocrat government, refuses to participate

Interim prime minister Hazem El-Beblawi continued on Monday the task of forming a cabinet to operate as Egypt’s interim government as per the political roadmap outlined by the armed forces following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

Interim prime minister Hazem El-Beblawi continued on Monday the task of forming a cabinet to operate as Egypt’s interim government as per the political roadmap outlined by the armed forces following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

By Joel Gulhane and Charlie Miller

Interim prime minister Hazem El-Beblawi continued on Monday the task of forming a cabinet to operate as Egypt’s interim government as per the political roadmap outlined by the armed forces following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

El-Beblawi met with several candidates for ministerial positions on Monday having met with other candidates the previous day. Amongst those who met El-Beblawi on Monday were Atef Helmy, candidate for the post of Minister of Communications; Abdel Labib, a candidate for the Minister of Local Development; Ahmed Darwish, a potential contender for the post of Minister of State for Administrative Development; and Major General Mohamed Abu Shadi, a candidate for the Minister of Supply, state-owned al-Ahram reported.

Darwish, who was the Minister of State for Administrative Development under Hosni Mubarak from 2004 until 2011, has been a consultant to a number of international organisations including the European Union and the World Bank.

Helmy had been made Minister of Communications and Information Technology in January 2013  under ex-Prime Minister Hesham Qandil, and has a long history working in the Information and Communication Technology field, spending a number of years as the CEO of Oracle Egypt.

Nader Bakkar, spokesperson for Al-Nour Party confirmed that his party would not participate in the interim government because it believes that the cabinet should not include representatives from political parties. He said: “we want a purely technocrat government to help us during the transitional period and settle things with the economy and the Muslim Brotherhood.”

El-Beblawi and Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaa El-Din have both frozen their memberships in the Egyptian Social Democratic Party. Bakkar said El-Beblawi is an exception because he met the criteria that the Al-Nour Party had put forward for the role of prime minister. Bakkar explained that Al-Nour wanted the prime minister to have previous experience in government and to be specialised in economic affairs. El-Beblawi has previously served as minister of finance and deputy prime minister for economic affairs.

The spokesperson stressed: “the most important thing now is to convince people that [the removal of Morsi] was not a military coup.”

Bakkar said that Al-Nour Party put forward recommendations for posts in the interim government, one of which was Darwish.

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Joel Gulhane

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Joel Gulhane is a journalist with an interest in Egyptian and regional politics. Follow him on Twitter @jgulhane


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