CAIRO: Prime Minister Sherif Ismail on Tuesday appointed Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Magdy al-Agaty as caretaker justice minister after former minister Ahmed al Zend was sacked over controversial comments on Prophet Mohamed, Youm7 reported.
The decision came less than two weeks before an expected Cabinet reshuffle that will be overseen by Prime Minister Ismail before 27 March, the day that Ismail will present the Cabinet’s program before the parliament.
The appointment also came after former Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zend was sacked from his post Sunday after he made remarks on T.V. talk show deemed offensive to Prophet Mohamed.
In defense of his litigation of a number of journalists who accused him of financial corruption, al Zend said “I would jail any journalist who made false allegations against my family even if it were the Prophet.”
Although al Zend apologized for the remarks and described it as a “slip of the tongue,” the remarks stirred an outcry, storm of criticism and demands for his resignation.