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Unknown technocrat named Egypt Prime Minister

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Unknown technocrat named Egypt Prime Minister


Three weeks after being sworn in as president of Egypt, Mohamed Mursi has picked Hisham Kandil as the new prime minister.

The 50-year-old was apparently chosen because he had stayed independent of all parties before and after last year’s uprising that saw Hosni Mubarak overthrown.

Kandil, who is a former irrigation minister, has been asked to form a government despite fears about his political or economic inexperience.

Critics say he lacks the clout to bridge the deep political divisions in Egypt.

Speaking after a meeting with the president, Kandil promised a cabinet of technocrats and to quickly end food and fuel shortages.

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