Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s official website said yesterday [Nov. 19] that the Egyptian presidency is considering replacing Prime Minister Hisham Kandil with Khairat al-Shater, the deputy leader of the group.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian army denied any intent to mobilize and establish a safe haven for the displaced people who have fled Gaza.
Ikhwanweb, the group’s website, said that the Egyptian presidency is seriously considering entrusting the post of prime minister to Shater to replace Kandil, who was widely criticized following the Assiut bus accident that took place on Sunday morning [Nov. 18].
The parents and relatives of 51 students who died after the bus carrying them collided with a train had prevented Kandil from approaching the location of the accident. Moreover, Kandil was attacked by a large number of Assiut residents during his visit to the Assiut University Hospital to check on the victims.
Social-networking sites circulated the news article published by Ikhwanweb before it was deleted from the site. The article addressed the president’s intention to appoint Shater as a successor to Kandil.
It should be noted that Shater, among others, was excluded by the Presidential Elections Committee in Egypt from participating in the elections. The first round of voting took place between 13 candidates last May, whereas the second round took place between current President Mohammed Morsi and the former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, last June.