FJP spokesperson denies telling newspaper about Cabinet reshuffle talks

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party denied Monday media reports that it is holding internal talks over a potential Cabinet reshuffle. 

Party media adviser Murad Ali said that he had not given any press statements to that effect and that such decisions are the purview of the president and his government. The Freedom and Justice Party does not interfere with Cabinet business and believes state bodies should be independent, he said. 

Several media outlets have quoted London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper as saying that FJP leaders favor a government reshuffle after the new constitution is officially approved and that replacing the entire Cabinet is one option on the table.

Asharq Al-Awsat reported Ali as saying that while some believe Prime Minister Hesham Qandil's government should resign in light of the new charter, others favor allowing the majority party elected during upcoming parliamentary elections to choose the Cabinet. According to the report published Monday, the spokesperson said the party favors a partial reshuffle.

Unofficial results of the referendum on 15 and 22 December give the constitution 64 percent approval. Official results are expected to be announced Tuesday, which will likely pave the way for parliamentary elections in the next few months.


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