Legal adviser: Morsy has no plans for Cabinet shuffle

The president's legal adviser Mohamed Gadallah said Wednesday he believes the government needs a prime minister capable of responding to the Egyptian people quickly and decisively.

But Gadallah added that President Mohamed Morsy believes the government is doing its job and will not shuffle his Cabinet during an interview on the Muslim Brotherhood-owned Egypt 25 satellite channel.

Gadallah also said the Brotherhood does not want complete control of Egypt's government. “All political forces should be involved in the management of the country,” he said.

Presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali said Monday that the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Hesham Qandil will stay in place until the parliamentary elections. After, it is likely a new Cabinet will be appointed representing political forces in the new parliament, Ali added.

State-run Al-Akhbar newspaper reported Tuesday that there is a “strong push” within the Nour Party for a new government. According to party members, a new Cabinet could end Egypt's political deadlock.

Morsy responded this week by saying he would discuss the proposal during a national dialogue scheduled for Wednesday that was postponed indefinitely.  

Emad Abdel Ghafour, president of the Salafi Watan Party, added his support for a new Cabinet Wednesday and said any option that restored stability should be discussed.

“The president agreed to discuss the Nour Party initiative because the interest of the nation is above any other interest,” he added.

In a meeting with Ahmed al-Tayyeb, Al-Azhar's grand sheikh, Abdel Ghafour asked religious scholars to help defuse widespread unrest and tension.

“Egyptians always resort to Al-Azhar in times of crises,” he said. “It is the conscience of the nation.”

For his part, Tayyeb called for a national reconciliation and requested political parties set aside their differences to find a peaceful solution.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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