Morsi didn’t replace his minister of interior despite declining security and mounting frustrations over the lack of police reforms.
On his Twitter account, Amr Moussa, the head of the National Salvation Front, the leading opposition group, wrote: “The reshuffle does not add anything and does not change much, so the situation will need a new reshuffle in the near future.”
He added: “The challenges are big and the new reshuffle seems that it won’t be able to handle the situation.”
Of the new appointees, Darag has been in the public spotlight before. A fluent English speaker who earned his Ph.D. in social mechanics and foundations at Purdue University, Darag has been the public face of the Morsi government, meeting frequently with reporters and other opinion makers, convincingly presenting the Morsi government as made up of moderates, not ideologues.
At a breakfast panel last month at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Darag described Egypt’s transitional period as “typical” and promised a more mature government after October’s scheduled parliamentary elections.
He cited anecdotes that portrayed Morsi’s government as having improved the economy, and he shrugged off a question about Egypt’s bleak economic and political situation.
Instead, he gave a lengthy explanation for how Egypt now is producing more of its own wheat. When another panelist noted that more Egyptians are hungry today than two years ago, Darag pleaded with him in Arabic slang: “Come on, my uncle, be optimistic.”
McClatchy special correspondent Amina Ismail contributed to this report from Cairo.