Women, Christians Among Groups Unhappy With Egypt’s New Government
When Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was elected in late June, he promised to represent all Egyptians by forming a government inclusive of women, Christians, youth and even artists and intellectuals.
Although the president said he heard the voices of all Egyptians, the much-anticipated government announced last week has proven to be a disappointment for many as a setback to the ideals that propelled the revolution that last year toppled Hosni Mubarak.
The new Cabinet drew on Islamists and technocrats as well as senior bureaucrats from the previous Cabinet, which was appointed by a military council that still holds considerable political power. Two of the Islamists were given key posts as ministers of information and education.
Egypt’s acting Christian Coptic leader said the government formed by Prime Minister Hesham Kandil was unfair for “ignoring” the rights of the Copts, which make up almost 10% of the country’s 82 million people.
“I will not congratulate the prime minister on the new government because the formation is unjust,” Bishop Pachomious told Egypt’s Al Shorouk newspaper. The bishop added that the new government should have included at least four Coptic representatives among the 35 ministerial positions, including four new posts.