CAIRO, (Xinhua): Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Qandil survived an attack on his motorcade by a group of armed men late Sunday evening, an interior ministry statement said.
“A vehicle intervened in the prime minister’s motorcade and when the security guards tried to push it away, one of its passengers opened fire towards the security vehicle,” the statement added.
“While running away, the vehicle hit a policeman and a citizen but the police managed to bust the vehicle and arrest the five attackers after a pursuit,” said the statement.
The interior ministry statement revealed the armed men were on their way for a fight with some people in another area when they happened to pass by Qandil’s motorcade.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian cabinet said that the armed attack was not politically motivated, according to the state-run MENA news agency.
“The attack against the prime minister’s motorcade on his way home was not politically motivated and he is fine and nothing hurt him,” MENA quoted the cabinet’s spokesman Alaa al-Hadidi as saying.
Hadidi added that the incident was just a criminal activity.
Qandil has been facing wide criticism from the opposition over his government’s “poor performance,” and sacking him has been one of their major demands.
In late April, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi announced to reshuffle the cabinet, saying those best qualified would hold the responsibility while those who did not make any accomplishments would be replaced.
On Friday, a presidential spokesman said that there was no intention to sack Qandil or assign his post to another figure.
According to political analysts, the expected partial reshuffle that would include about six ministers could hardly satisfy the country’s opposition, which demands a complete change of government and the sacking of Qandil.
Editor: Sha Sha