Brotherhood, FJP consider potential government members

Official sources with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party said Tuesday that the leaders of the party and the group are preparing a list of figures outside the Brotherhood to include in the new government.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also denied that Khairat al-Shater, the Brotherhood’s influential deputy supreme guide, would play a role in forming the next government, but said that he would hold a dialogue about Mohamed Morsy’s Renaissance Project to finalize it and present it to the government.

According to the sources, prominent figures being considered are: Ahmed Maher from the April 6 Youth Movement, activist Wael Ghonim, Salafi Nour Party spokesperson Nader Bakkar, certain members of the Hamdeen Sabbahi presidential campaign, former Independent MP Amr Hamzawy, Cairo University Professor Moataz Abdel Fattah and attorney Noha al-Zeiny.

The sources added that Morsy will visit Tahrir Square on Friday, denying that he would be sworn in there.

“Morsy would be sworn in before the Supreme Constitutional Court as stipulated by the recent supplement to the Constitutional Declaration,” said Farid Ismail, a member of the party’s executive office.

Earlier Tuesday, the party’s deputy chairman, Essam al-Erian, denied reports that the FJP is consulting with political groups about the formation of a new cabinet. Forming a new cabinet would be the responsibility of the country’s new president alone, Erian said in a statement.

Morsy has promised that, if elected, he would form a coalition government representing various political trends.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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