The new cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, was sworn in on Thursday, AFP reported. The ceremony took place more than a month after Morsi was elected Egypt’s president in the nation’s first free elections since the fall of the former dictator, Hosni Mubarak in a popular revolution last year.
“The main principle, the main criterion, was competence,” he said, adding, “We should stop using such terms as them and us, and that this is a Christian, or a Copt, or a Muslim. All I see is Egyptians and citizens.”
He also asked the Egyptians to throw their support behind the government, saying it needed their backing to tackle the economic and security challenges facing the country.
“We are the people’s government; we do not represent any trend,” the premier told a news conference hours ahead of the swearing-in ceremony
The new cabinet has retained seven ministers from the former one, appointed by the SCAF, which took over following Mubarak’s ouster. They include Finance Minister Mumtaz al-Said and Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr. Former Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri will become a presidential adviser.