Leader: Muslim Brotherhood not calling shots

July 31, 2012 at 1:27 PM
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CAIRO, July 31 (UPI) -- The Muslim Brotherhood doesn't have a role in forming the new Egyptian Cabinet, the movement's supreme guide said.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has called on Prime Minister Hesham Kandil to form a new Cabinet. There were criticisms expressed by some parties that Islamic groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, which holds considerable influence in the country's Parliament, was too dominant in the post-revolution environment.

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie said he's not shaping the political landscape, though the spirit of the revolution can't be ignored.

"The Cabinet formation is an inherent right for the president and prime minister. The (Muslim) Brotherhood doesn't intervene in this," he was quoted by the Egyptian Independent as saying.

Morsi resigned as chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party when he was declared winner of the presidential election in June. The prime minister has described himself as religious, though he isn't affiliated with any party or group.

A Cabinet announcement is expected this week.

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