The recently elected president of Egypt Mohammed Mursi has appointed the country’s water minister Hisham Qandil as its new prime minister and entrusted him to form a new government

Mursi has already endured a number of setbacks since his poll triumph. Although the Egyptian army transferred some power to Mursi on June 30, it retains significant rights and influence in government. Indeed, on July 10, the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) rescinded a decision by Mursi to reinstate the lower house of parliament (which is dominated by the Islamist parties to which Mursi belongs to).

This appointment of a patriotic and independent figure comes after much study and discussion to choose a person able to manage the current scenario, said a spokesman for Mursi.