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.