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Interim Finance Minister Ahmed Galal has sacked a number of advisers, including those affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, government sources told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.
According to sources, the minister fired Abdullah Shehata, head of the economic committee of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, and Ahmed al-Naggar, who had been responsible for sukuk (Islamic bonds).
The minister also sacked legal adviser Maged Shbetah; Ahmed al-Gebali, who had been in charge of sukuk and external promotion; adviser for international affairs Mohamed Mekkawi; adviser for government services Mahmoud Farahat; legal adviser Kamal al-Din Atef; and head of the state-run Central Authority for Research Azza al-Sayed.
Shehata, for his part, said he had not been to the Finance Ministry headquarters since the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi early this month.
"I have not tendered my resignation because I will not deal with an illegitimate minister," he said.
Al-Sayed, the dismissed head of the Central Authority for Research, described the sackings as "politicized."
An official at the minister's media office, however, said the decision had been taken upon the orders of Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi in an effort to cut expenses by reducing the number of advisers.
The army ousted Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, on July 3 following mass protests against him.
It suspended the constitution and installed Adly Mansour, the head of Egypt's constitutional court, as interim president.
Ever since, Morsi supporters have been staging daily mass protests and sit-ins nationwide to defend his constitutional legitimacy and demand his reinstatement.Last Mod: 31 Temmuz 2013, 09:44