President asks government to continue


A number of news sources are reporting that President Mohammed Mursi has asked the caretaker Cabinet of Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri’s to remain in office until after Ramadan (20th July to 18th August).

The president has also called on the government to assist him in implementing the five main tasks in his 100 hundred day programme (Part of the President’s Nahda or Renaissance Project). These include improvements in food distribution, easing traffic congestion, ensuring better security, dealing with environmental issues, especially rubbish and improving fuel supplies.

The move suggests that the president is struggling to identify a suitable prime minister and in constructing a Cabinet that meets his original criteria of being made up of elements of each part of society and not just Islamists.

The president also had to back down over the re-calling of Parliament and finds himself in a predicament as to how to move the process forward.

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