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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Hazem El-Beblawy is appointed as Egypt’s new Prime Minister

Hazem El-Beblawy, Egypt's new Prime Minister
After several days of different reports naming some prominent Egyptian political figures as potential candidates for the position of Egypt’s Prime Minister Egypt’s interim head Adly Mansour has appointed liberal figure and prominent economist Hazem El-Beblawy for this position.

Hazem El-Beblawy was appointed as a Prime Minister of Egypt’s transitional government on Tuesday, 9 July.

It’s worth mentioning that Hazem El-Beblawy was initially the first choice of the majority of political powers supported the ouster of Mohamed Morsy by Armed Forces and heading Egypt into the new transitional period.

But later most of the parties participating in the political dialog had made their choice in favor of Mohamed ElBaradei, prominent liberal politician. He was also backed by the organizers of the “Rebel” campaign and several revolutionary parties and groups. But his candidacy was withdrawn due to the disapproval of the Salafist Al-Nour Party, which has also participated in the political dialog and turned to the opposition.

The next possible choice for the post of Prime Minister was Ziad Bahaa El-Din, liberal lawyer and also co-founder of Egyptian Social Democratic Party, but his candidacy was also rejected by Al-Nour Party.

After long discussions Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour has announced on Tuesday, 9 July, that Hazem El-Beblawy, liberal figure and prominent economist, to be appointed as a Prime Minister for the transitional government until the early presidential and parliamentary elections will be held.

Hazem El-Beblawy was appointed as a Prime Minister soon after Adly Mansour has announced the constitutional declaration for th transitional period until the suspended 2012 Constitution will be amended.

Hazem El-Beblawy is a liberal figure, as it was already mentioned, is also a co-founder of Egyptian Social Democratic Party. Between 1995 and 2000 he has served as undersecretary-general in UN. Hazem El-Beblawy was also a Finance Minister in Egypt’s government headed by Essam Sharaf in 2011, formed after ouster of Hosni Mubarak, but he has resigned from his position after the Maspero massacre on 9 October 2011, when Egypt’s military clashed with the peaceful Coptic protesters leaving 28 people dead and dozens of injured.