President Morsi Assigns New PM Hesham Kandil with Forming Government

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Cairo, Egypt | 24 July 2012

Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi decided on Tuesday, July 24, to appoint Irrigation Minister Hesham Kandil as Egypt’s new PM, assigning him with forming the new post-revolution government.
Kandil is an Islamist but he is not a member of any party or group.
Kandil said in a press conference after his meeting with Morsi that efficiency will be the basic principle in selecting the ministers of the new government.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - New PM Hesham Kandil:
“We affirm that efficiency is the basic criteria in selecting the new ministers. The government formation will be done in complete coordination with the President. After this press conference, we will start right away in holding discussions and consultations in order to form the government as soon as possible, in the next few days, if Almighty Allah wills.” The newly-appointed PM added that President Morsi’s 100-day plan to improve energy, traffic and security will be the focus of the new government that will be formed in a few days to come.
SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - New PM Hesham Kandil:
“As for the focus of the government in the upcoming period, as you know, there is the 100-day plan of Mr. President, focusing on improving the energy, the traffic, the cleanliness, the bread and the security. According to my background, I can add the improvement of water too. We’ll focus on improving services to make the Egyptian citizens feel this improvement in the near future. That will be our main focus.” The announcement comes nearly a month after Morsi was sworn in as Egypt's first freely elected civilian president since 1952.
Some liberals criticized Morsi's appointment of Kandil because he had pledged before to appoint a non-Islamist Prime Minister, but others say that Morsi only promised to pick someone from outside the Muslim Brotherhood group to lead the government.
Kandil 49, is considered the youngest PM in the history of the government in Egypt.
He earned his Master Degree and doctorate at the University of North Carolina and he later worked at the African Development Bank, focusing on Nile Basin countries.
He was also part of an observer mission for Egypt in talks with Sudan on Nile water issues.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: July 24, 2012
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: July 24, 2012
Length: 0:02:06
Video Size: 103 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: Egyptian state TV and VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo
2. Various shots of the meeting of President Mohamed Morsi and new PM Hesham Kandil
3. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) - New PM Hesham Kandil:
“We affirm that efficiency is the basic criteria in selecting the new ministers. The government formation will be done in complete coordination with the President. After this press conference, we will start right away in holding discussions and consultations in order to form the government as soon as possible, in the next few days, if Almighty Allah wills.” 4. Various shots of Kandil speaking and reporters listening and taking notes during the press conference
5. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) - New PM Hesham Kandil:
“As for the focus of the government in the upcoming period, as you know, there is the 100-day plan of Mr. President, focusing on improving the energy, the traffic, the cleanliness, the bread and the security. According to my background, I can add the improvement of water too. We’ll focus on improving services to make the Egyptian citizen feel this improvement in the near future. That will be our main focus.”
6. Medium shot, reporters listening and taking notes during the press conference
7. Close up, the logo of Egyptian Presidency
8. Wide shot, Egyptian Presidency headquarters in Cairo

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