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Hesham Qandil

PROFILE: Egypt's new PM Hisham Qandil

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President Mohamed Morsi surprises many observers with his appointment of former irrigation minister Hisham Qandil as Egypt's new prime minister
After weeks of speculation, Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi on Tuesday appointed Hisham Qandil as his new prime minister, in a move that surprised many observers.

Qandil was minister of irrigation and water resources in the interim government of Kamal El-Ganzouri.

President Morsi met Qandil at the presidential palace on Sunday but his chances of being offered the premiership were dismissed by many observers, who said he was too young and lacking in political experience.

However, the water and irrigation engineer with a PhD from the University of North Carolina, appears to fit the criteria specified by leading members of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).

Abdallah Shehata, a senior member of the FJP, told Ahram Online last week that the new prime minister should be under 60 years old, should believe in the Islamic project but not belong to any political group, should have experience in public administration and a solid background in economics.

Qandil, who was brn in 1962, describes himself as a religious man who has never belonged to an Islamist group.




Friday 27 Jul 2012

Read full article: english.ahram.org.eg


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