Cairo - Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said on Thursday he does not
rule out posts for the Muslim Brotherhood in a new cabinet, if the candidates
were suitably qualified.
Beblawi, who was appointed on Tuesday, said he was still considering who
would comprise the interim government after Islamist president Mohammed Morsi's
ouster in a popular military coup last week.
"I don't look at political association ... If someone is named from [the
Brotherhood's] Freedom and Justice Party, if he is qualified for the post"
he may be considered, Beblawi told AFP in a telephone interview.
"I'm taking two criteria for the next government. Efficiency and
credibility," he added.
State media had quoted an aide to interim president Adly Mansour saying
Beblawi would offer Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood some posts in the new
The offer has already been rejected by the Islamists, who demand Morsi's
"So far I haven't approached anyone," Beblawi added, explaining he
wanted to decide on the best candidates before asking them to join the