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Egypt: reactions to swearing in of new government

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Egypt: reactions to swearing in of new government


Egyptians have been reacting to the swearing in of the new government.

Euronews correspondent in Cairo, Mohammed Shaikhibrahim says the Egyptians he spoke to were very positive about the new government and also pleased at the timing of the ceremony at 7 in the morning.

“Having a swearing in ceremony at an early time is considered by some analysts to be an indication of the seriousness of the government and its commitment to working hard and making use of time. They see it as making up for what Egyptians have lost over the past few years, ” Shaikhibrahim said.

One man in Cairo told euronwews: “This is the first time in Egypt’s history, that we have seen the government sworn in at seven in the morning and starting work on this day, and this is a wonderful thing”

Another man said: “Now we can feel safe , that security is improved, people have started work, we wish them well, and there is a noticeable improvement in life”

However there are large sections of the population who will be indifferent or opposed to the new government.

Last month’s presidential elections saw a low voter turnout.

Muslim Brotherhood supporters, who are now banned, as well as many of the pro-democracy youths who took part in the 2011 uprising against Mubarak boycotted the polls.

Amnesty International has condemned restrictions on freedom of expression and the ongoing crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi including torture and ill treatment by security forces.

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