At a time in which the Egyptian people are wondering where the Egyptian government is, what is the parliament doing to control the markets, and who will save them from these crazy prices?
While no one is answering these questions, and no one is thinking of the people amidst all our current crises, we were surprised that there are statements being made about a cabinet reshuffle. This is an outdated trick used to distract people with an irrelevant issue.
Everyone, whether they are the president or the parliament, knows that the issue is bigger than simply changing a few ministers. The issue needs a prime minister with an economic and political background. Someone who is young and able to change the course of things based on their deep faith and strong will for change. With all due respect to the current prime minister, he is qualified as an office manager because the only thing he is, is organised. This arbitrary manner of picking the ministers is no longer working.
We are all aware that there are standards for selection in any respectable country in the world. If they want to select an official, the criteria start with the person’s knowledge, and are followed by political experience and efficiency. More importantly, the selected person should have a vision and be capable of making the right decision at the right time. These countries developed because they implement the principle of reward and punishment, but unfortunately in our country, we read news that says the prime minister and the concerned bodies are facing difficulty in forming a new government, due to the many and successive refusals of people who could actually do the job.
All of the world’s developed countries have databases of people ranked by their educational standards, competences, and experiences, upon which the selections are based.
When the people who have been said to be suitable for the posts reject them in that manner, it means that they turned their back on the country. It also means that the government has failed because it has lost trust and credibility. Its performance has fallen below the needed capacity to face circumstances and it is no longer able to solve the crises and cope with the difficult conditions the country is going through. That is why I believe that darning and patching is no longer useful and it is better to form a government (similar to a ministry of war) that consists of a very small number of ministers.
That government needs to be given a timeframe to accomplish its mission, and to prioritise security and economy in its agenda. In that way, the large number of unnecessary ministries will be merged, at least for the time being. For example, the ministries of industry, trade, and investment can turn into only one ministry and representatives of the merged ministries can be appointed. The same goes for the ministries of education and higher education, ministries of electricity, petroleum, and environment, ministries of aviation and tourism, ministries of irrigation and agriculture, ministries of manpower and immigration, ministries of foreign affairs and international cooperation, etc.
Let us start with current Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and thank him. You did what you had to do but please, it is enough. You have your excuse; present it to the president. Tell him that it is for health reasons. Today, the citizen has become a victim of a dead conscience, non-existent control, and unjustified, sky-rocketing prices. Nobody can deny that we have qualified people. Where is Dr. Mahmoud Mohie El-Din and others? Qualified people who unfortunately work outside Egypt, while Egypt is in dire need of them being by its side. Egypt is in a situation of a real war and we must be as responsible as the situation requires. It has become a necessity to change the ministers of health, antiquities, investment, agriculture, immigration, manpower, environment, education, culture, legal affairs, tourism, irrigation, supply, and public business sector. May God give success to everyone. Long live Egypt.
Abdallah Al-Moghazy is the former assistant to both Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and former prime minister Ibrahim Mehleb. He previously served as the spokesperson for President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s electoral campaign. He also held a position on the Youth Advisory Council for the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, and was a spokesperson for the Al-Wafd Party.