An exclusive interview with Hazem el-Beblawi during WEF 2014


An exclusive interview with Hazem el-Beblawi during WEF 2014

25 January 2014

Faisal with Beblawy

In my exclusive interview with interim Egpytian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi during the World Economic Forum in Davos, he confirmed that Egypt is not returning to military rule.

I was able to catch up with the PM just as he was about to sip his afternoon coffee.

Given his supportive statements regarding Sisi in his speech at the annual forum, an obvious question to ask the interim Prime Minister was if Egypt was in fact returning to military rule.

“This is something people have in their minds, in their imagination. I’ve been in the cabinet for about six months, I haven’t felt any time that I am run by the military people,” he said.

“I told you my conviction and I promised prior to my assuming a public office, that I think Egypt after January 2011 is immune to military dictatorship and military rule. On the contrary, people are much more in command than ever before.”

As he sipped his black coffee, I asked the PM what he felt were people’s concern and what was the vibe that he got in response to his attempt to re-introduce Egypt to the business community at Davos.

“I feel they are interested, they are asking questions, they want to know more. Still they have questions in their minds but there is a great interest definitely into what is going on and the future of the development in Egypt,” said the Prime Minister.

To read my full interview report with Beblawi, click here