In Wake of Crash, Morsi Considers Replacing Prime Minister Kandil

As a result of criticism following a tragic bus accident in Assiut, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is considering replacing Prime Minister Hashim Kandil with the group’s deputy leader, Mostafa Amara reports.

al-monitor Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi (L) speaks with Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Kandil during the visit of Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Raheem al-Keeb (not pictured) at presidential palace in Cairo, August 6, 2012. Photo by REUTERS/Amr Dalsh.

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Nov 20, 2012

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s official website said yesterday [Nov. 19] that the Egyptian presidency is considering replacing Prime Minister Hisham Kandil with Khairat al-Shater, the deputy leader of the group.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian army denied any intent to mobilize and establish a safe haven for the displaced people who have fled Gaza.

Ikhwanweb, the group's website, said that the Egyptian presidency is seriously considering entrusting the post of prime minister to Shater to replace Kandil, who was widely criticized following the Assiut bus accident that took place on Sunday morning [Nov. 18].

The parents and relatives of 51 students who died after the bus carrying them collided with a train had prevented Kandil from approaching the location of the accident. Moreover, Kandil was attacked by a large number of Assiut residents during his visit to the Assiut University Hospital to check on the victims.

Social-networking sites circulated the news article published by Ikhwanweb before it was deleted from the site. The article addressed the president's intention to appoint Shater as a successor to Kandil.

It should be noted that Shater, among others, was excluded by the Presidential Elections Committee in Egypt from participating in the elections. The first round of voting took place between 13 candidates last May, whereas the second round took place between current President Mohammed Morsi and the former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, last June.

A security source confirmed that Mounir Thabet, the brother-in-law of Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak was arrested yesterday morning.

The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of his position, said that Thabet was handed over to the illegal-gains authority, which started interrogating him yesterday.

Judge Yahya Jalal, head of the illegal-gains authority, said that the investigative bodies have opened an extensive investigation into Thabet, who is facing charges of making huge illegal fortunes.

Jalal pointed out that the illegal-gains authority had summoned Thabet for interrogation, but he did not show up until he was dragged to the authority yesterday.

The authority, which is affiliated with the Egyptian Ministry of Justice, is a body specialized in opening investigations into ministers, government officials and any public officer accused of exploiting their positions for profit.

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