The acting head of the Freedom and Justice Party, Essam Al-Erian, has said that Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi is seeking to form a technocrat government that will be able to implement his programme and polices.
In a press statement made on Thursday, Al-Erian added that Morsi is facing obstacles as he tries to choose the head of the government, and blames the steps taken by the ousted regime to destroy political life.
The Freedom and Justice Party will, claims Al-Erian, provide its best cohorts to the service of the presidency. He pointed out that the party will choose candidates for the new government after consultation with all of its branches and will recommend its most qualified and able members. "Our benchmark for choosing members will be efficiency, but if we find people more efficient than party members then they will be recommended, regardless of the ratio of party representation in parliament."
Al-Erian denied that Khairat Al-Shater is one of the candidates nominated to lead the new government. "The name of Al-Shater was not mentioned out of respect for the commitment made by President Morsi not to appoint a prime minister from within the Muslim Brotherhood or the Freedom and Justice Party, even though as a person Al-Shater is highly efficient, both administratively and economically." The important thing, he concluded, is that the person appointed can implement, together with government ministries, the president's programme and policies as effectively and as soon as possible.