DHAKA: Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, is preparing to select his new cabinet amid deep political divisions in the country.
Morsi held talks with the country’s military rulers on Monday as he attempts to coax a mistrustful army into relaxing its grip on power.
The winning Muslim Brotherhood candidate has started moving into the presidential palace and has already begun talks to appoint his new cabinet, days before the military is scheduled to transfer power, a campaign spokeswoman said.
‘He has already started, with a list of names he is considering. He says he will declare the cabinet soon’, Nermine Mohammed Hassan, said, reports Al Jazeera.
State television showed images of Morsi sitting at a desk in the presidential palace, and others of the 60 year old sitting next to military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi during a visit to the military’s headquarters.
The military-appointed cabinet offered its resignation on Monday, state media reported, adding that it would assume caretaker responsibilities until Morsi forms a new cabinet.
In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Muslim Brotherhood cadres pressed on with a days-long sit-in aimed at pressuring the military to repeal decrees granting it many of the disbanded parliament’s powers and a broad say in security policies.
The military also has control over the budget drawn up by the outgoing cabinet, which the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated parliament had strongly disputed.
Morsi retains the right to appoint the prime minister and cabinet.
BDST: 1511 HRS, JUN 26, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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