If elected president, Shafiq says he will accept a Brotherhood-led cabinet

Ahmed Shafiq, who came second in the first round of the presidential elections, said on Friday that he doesn’t oppose the Muslim Brotherhood forming a cabinet if he is elected president.

In an interview with Al-Hayat satellite channel, Shafiq said ”I see no problem if Egypt’s next prime minister belongs to the [Brotherhood’s] Freedom and Justice Party.”

Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak's last prime minister, had an extraordinary performance in the elections, garnering huge support in the Delta region, traditionally a major stronghold for Islamists.

According to unofficial results from the first round, Shafiq will face the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsy in the 16-17 June runoff vote.

In Egypt's existing system of government, only the president  or during the current transitional period, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces — has the right to from a government or dismiss one.

In March, the Brotherhood entered a major dispute with the SCAF when the former asked to form a coalition government reflecting the make-up of the parliament.

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