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October 5, 2022

Egypt’s new PM faces first dilemma over claimed Islamist affiliations

Newly-appointed Prime Minister Hisham Kandil says he has no affiliations with political parties or groups. Some critics, however, allege otherwise; others question his political credentials, ahramonline reports.No sooner had speculation ended over the identity of Egypt’s new prime minister than questions emerged over the surprise appointment of Hisham Kandil to the top position on Tuesday, given lingering uncertainties about his political past, views and affiliations. Prominent public figures – including reform activist Mohamed ElBaradei, veteran central banker Farouq El-Oqda and Deputy PM Hazem El-Beblawi – had been initially tipped to take on the job shortly after the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi was sworn in as Egypt’s first freely-elected president late last month.The presidential office, however, continued to deny that it had settled on any of the names initially touted by the media. It was later reported that Morsi had asked the interim government – led by interim prime minister Kamal El-Ganzouri – to stay put, suggesting a further delay to the formation of the new cabinet the appointment of which had originally been expected only one week after Morsi assumed office.After weeks of uncertainty over Egypt’s new government, with no official nominees or timeframes announced, Kandil was abruptly unveiled on Tuesday as Egypt’s new premier.

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