Cabinet Reshuffle in Egypt: Significance and Criticism

The paper monitored the statements issued by the new ministers in Dr. Hesham Qandil cabinet, compared their ages, careers, political backgrounds and education. The paper showed that portfolios held by the Muslim Brotherhood after the reshuffle increased to 11 out of 36, where they controlled all ministries dealing with the economy. The paper also monitored objections to this reshuffle that have centered on the following: • The need to change the whole cabinet, • Objections to the personality of the prime minister, • Objections to what was called ‘an attempt to monopolize power’ and questions about the qualifications of some appointees.