Mohamed Mahsoub

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Mohamed Mahsoub
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs
In office
2 August 2012 – 26 December 2012
President Mohamed Morsi
Prime Minister Hesham Qandil
Preceded by Office established
Succeeded by Omar Salem
Personal details
Nationality Egyptian
Political party Wasat Party
Residence Cairo
Religion Islam

Mohamed Mahsoub Abdel Meguid is an Egyptian politician and former minister of state for parliamentary affairs, who served in the Qandil cabinet for a short time in 2012.

Career and activities[edit]

Mahsoub is one of the vice-presidents of the Al Wasat Party, a moderate Islamist party.[1] The party consists mainly of former members of the Muslim Brotherhood.[2][3] In 2000, Mahsoub was a candidate in the parliamentary elections as independent candidate; however, he was not elected.[4]

He was appointed minister of state for parliamentary affairs, being the only member of the party serving in the cabinet, on 2 August 2012.[5] He was also head of the drafting committee and a member of the Constituent Assembly charged with drafting Egypt’s new constitution.[1][6]

Mahsoub resigned from his post on 27 December 2012 in protest against the decision by President Mohamed Morsi to reshuffle the cabinet but keep prime minister Hesham Qandil.[7][8][9] Omar Salem succeeded him as state minister for parliamentary affairs in a cabinet reshuffle on 5 January 2013.[10]

On 29 July 2013, Mahsoub was part of a delegation of the National Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy that met the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Catherine Ashton, in Cairo to discuss possible solutions for the crisis in Egypt in the aftermath of the military coup.[11]

Controversy[edit]

In July 2013, following the military coup against president Morsi, the Twitter account of Mahsoub was hacked by unknown persons,[12][13] and fake tweets were posted in his name, claiming that the Muslim Brotherhood is burning Egypt and intending to produce seas of blood in order to blame it on the army.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Enein, Ahmed Aboul (1 August 2012). "A closer look at Qandil’s cabinet". Daily News. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Egypt's new cabinet: Bureaucrats, technocrats and Islamocrats". Ahram Online. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Salah, Fady (4 December 2012). "The 85 people deciding the fate of Egypt". Daily News. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Political parties say registration process 'difficult,' individuals not complaining". CFD. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Qandil Cabinet sworn in". The Egypt Monocle. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Mustafa, Ahmad (September 2012). "Egyptian Liberals Unite to Test Muslim Brotherhood at Polls". Al Hayat. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Minister Mahsoub resigns in protest against Morsi". ANSAmed (Cairo). 27 December 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "My resignation is not 'personal' against PM Qandil: former minister Mahsoub". Ahram Online. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Egypt cabinet reshuffle seeks to allay fears of economic collapse". Middle East Online. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Update: Details emerge on new ministers in Cabinet reshuffle". Almasry Alyoum. 6 January 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "National Alliance to Support Legitimacy upholds constitution in Ashton meeting". Ahram Online. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "‏محسوب: أدعم الشرعية وثابت على مواقفي.. ولازال حسابي على تويتر مسروقا". Wasat Party Official Website. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "محسوب : استرداد حسابي المسروق مرهون باستردادنا للشرعية". Akhbar Elyom. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "الاخوان يمارسون حرق مصر الان و النية مبيتة لصنع بحور من الدماء لتوريط الجيش". Twitter. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.