Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hisham Kandil Named Egypt PM

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi today named former irrigation minister Hisham Kandil as Egypt's new prime minister. Mr. Kandil, 50, holds a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of North Carolina. He is not a member of any political parties. Kandil was appointed minister of irrigation and water resources by then-prime Minister Esam Sharaf in July 2011, and was later asked by ex-Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri to continue in his post. Previously he served as the senior engineer for the Nile Basin Initiative at the African Development Bank. (ahramonline, 24 July)

On 15 July, Mr. Kandil travelled with President Morsi to the African Union summit in Ethiopia. The trip was seen as Morsi’s attempt to rekindle Cairo's relationship with its African neighbors after years of neglect under Mubarak.

Photo Credit: Hisham Kandil / Associated Press/NYT

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