Although Islamists do not dominate the newly-appointed cabinet, President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were subjected to criticism over the choice of ministers when the names were released on Thursday.
It took Morsi and Prime Minister Hisham Qandil a few days to settle on the final selection of the permanent cabinet, which consists of 35 ministers, compared to 29 under his predecessor, Kamal El-Ganzouri.
Qandil’s government includes 29 technocrats (seven of whom served under El-Ganzouri), four ministers from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, one minister from the moderate Islamist Al-Wasat Party, and one from the Salafist Al-Nahda Party.
Egyptian liberal thinker and head of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Developmental Studies, Saad Eddin Ibrahim said that though most ministers of the newly-formed cabinet are not part of Islamist movements, they are, still, representatives of a pro-Islamism current.
"Although they seem to be far less extremist than members of the movement itself, it is still too early to judge their performance," Ibrahim told state television on Thursday.
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