Hatem Abdel Latif

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Hatem Abdel Latif
Minister of Transportation
In office
5 January 2012 – 4 July 2013
Prime Minister Hisham Qandil
Preceded by Mohammad Rashad Al Matini
Succeeded by Ahmed Sultan
Personal details
Nationality Egyptian
Political party Freedom and Justice Party

Hatem Abdel Latif is an Egyptian politician who served as transport minister in the cabinet headed by Hisham Qandil from January to July 2013.


Latif holds a PhD in transportation planning and traffic engineering, which he received in 1990.[1]


Latif worked as a road engineering professor at Ain Shams University.[1] In 2011, he was named as the dean of the faculty of engineering at Ain Shams University.[1] He is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP). In July 2012, Latif was cited as one of the potential minister nominees for social affairs.[2] However, he was not appointed minister to the first cabinet of Hisham Qandil.

Later on 5 January 2013, he was appointed transport minister to the Qandil cabinet in a reshuffle, replacing Mohammad Rashad.[3] Latif is one of the eight FJP members serving in the cabinet.[4] He and other FJP members in the cabinet resigned from office on 4 July 2013 following the 2013 coup in Egypt.[5] Latif's term officially ended on 16 July when the interim cabinet led by Hazem Al Beblawi was formed.[6]


On 14 January 2013, a train crash killed at least 19 people and wounded nearly 120 in Badrashin.[7] After this event, Latif assumed political responsibility for the crash, but stated that he would not resign.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Ministerial portfolios". Weekly Ahram. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "PM Qandil meets 11 nominees for various cabinet portfolios". Ahram Online. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Egypt's cabinet reshuffle to see new interior, finance ministers". Ahram Online. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Fouly, Mahmoud (6 January 2013). "Egypt's 10-minister cabinet reshuffle meets with opposition dissatisfaction". Xinhua (Cairo). Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Egypt Brotherhood ministers present official resignations". Ahram Online. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Hauslohner, Abigail (16 July 2013). "Interim Egyptian cabinet sworn in". The Washington Post (Cairo). Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Fadl, Hossam (15 January 2013). "Transport minister takes responsibility for train wreck, won't resign". Egypt Independent. Almasry Alyoum. Retrieved 3 February 2013.