Egypt's military to reshuffle government: Brotherhood
4/29/2012 6:40:03 PM -
CAIRO (AFP) - Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, head of Egypt's ruling military, has told parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni that he will reshuffle the government, the Muslim Brotherhood website said on Sunday.
"Field Marshal Tantawi tells Katatni said he will reshuffle the government in the coming hours," the site said.
The move came after the Islamist-dominated parliament decided to suspend sessions for a week in protest at the military refusing to sack the government and name the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) to head a new one.
A marathon election which ended in January saw Egypt's two main Islamist parties catapulted to the centre stage of politics, clinching nearly three quarters of the 498 seats in parliament.
The FJP, political arm of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, has been pressuring the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces ever since to sack the government and name it to lead a new cabinet.
But the SCAF, which took over when president Hosni Mubarak was ousted on February 11 last year after a popular uprising, has continued to back Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzuri's government.
Ganzuri was a minister under Mubarak and is accused by the Islamists of stalling the revolution.