The interim government has been successful in implementing the post-30 June roadmap, following the conclusion of both January’s constitutional referendum and the recent presidential elections, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb declared in a Saturday press conference.
The press conference was held to highlight the new government’s achievements during its first 90 days in office. It was attended by the cabinet’s economic team with whom Mehleb had met before the press conference.
Mehleb said that the past three months have witnessed a remarkable improvement in the security situation, adding that the security apparatuses were successful in raiding a number of “criminal hotbeds” and stopping their plans from affecting the stability and the future of the “homeland”.
“Egypt is on its way to regain its regional role judging from the improvements that have taken place during the past months,” said Mehleb, citing the removal of Egypt from the blacklist of the International Labor Organization as an example.
After the military backed ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi, the African Union suspended Egypt as a member. In response, Mehleb and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy have made a number of tours to African countries during the past months to meet with African leaders and discuss means of cooperation.
Mehleb mentioned that the government has been keen on “positive communication” with the media throughout the past 90 days, adding that the media was part of all its meetings and field visits.
The prime minister said that the government is keen on applying social justice in all its decisions. He also discussed the government’s efforts in encouraging investments and enforcing economic stability.
Mehleb, the sixth prime minister after the 25 January Revolution, formed the government late February after the resignation of Hazem El-Beblawi, who became prime minister following Morsi’s ousting in July. Previously the housing minister in Beblawi’s government, Mehleb vowed to restore security and focus on improving the economy.
During the presidential elections last week, the prime minister said that his government would resign as soon as the new president claims office “according to the law and the constitution.”
When Morsi was elected in June 2012, then prime minister Kamal El-Ganzoury and his cabinet resigned, but remained in place as a caretaker cabinet until Morsi appointed Hesham Qandil as prime minister and selected his new government in late July.