FJP in negotiations for cabinet formation, Baradei still a possibility

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party has begun meeting with different political forces to discuss the formation of President Mohamed Morsy’s coalition cabinet.

Former FJP People’s Assembly member Saber Abouel Fotouh told Al-Masry Al-Youm that extended meetings and negotiations were in full swing to achieve a national representation in the composition of the new coalition cabinet.

"We have not decided yet on any standards or the percentage of the Muslim Brotherhood [in the cabinet]. The standards will generally include competency, responsibility and the ability to apply law," he said.

Abouel Fotouh said the president had assigned the FJP to hold negotiations with other political forces to agree on certain and clear standards for the cabinet’s composition.

Abouel Fotouh said that deputy head of the FJP Essam al-Erian, along with the party's supreme body, will negotiate with other political forces on the cabinet formation, while Mohamed al-Beltagy and Ossama Yassin and members of the FJP executive bureau will negotiate with them on rejecting the dissolution of the People's Assembly and the supplement to the Constitutional Declaration.

Khairat al-Shater and People's Assembly speaker Saad al-Katatny will negotiate with the military council on the dissolution of the Parliament and the supplement, he said.

Abouel Fotouh said the group has not reached an agreement yet on the dissolution of the People's Assembly and the supplement to the Constitutional Declaration.

As for the cabinet, Abouel Fotouh said that the prime minister will decide on the representation of political forces in the cabinet. He said that efficient figures will be nominated to assume the responsibility, based on specific criteria agreed on with the political forces.

He said Morsy will choose the prime minister as well as the administration.

There are no current negotiations underway with Mohamed ElBaradei he said, because the former diplomat had not given a final reply on the offer of prime minister.

"There are also other figures on the table of negotiations in case Baradei rejects, including economic expert Hazem al-Beblawy and professor of economic sciences Hamdy Suleiman and another national figure not well-known to the public,” he said.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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