Yesterday 31 March 2021 saw President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi lead the procession of a military funeral for former Egypt Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri whose death had been announced by his son Ahmed who is a judge. Dr Ganzouri breathed his last in a military hospital after a long illness.
Dr Ganzouri was well respected by all for his lifelong contribution to Egypt.
Born in the east Delta province of Menoufiya, Kamal al-Ganzouri went on to have a long political career. He was appointed Prime Minister twice, in 1996 – 1999 under President Hosny Mubarak; and in 2011 when the military ran Egypt following what was then termed the Arab Spring uprising until June 2012 when the Muslim Brotherhood came to power.
In 1986 and until he was appointed Prime Minister, Dr Ganzouri had held the position of Minister of Planning and International Cooperation. Earlier, he served as governor of Beni-Sweif and governor of the New Valley.
He was dubbed both Minister of the Poor and the Opposition Minister for his decisions when in office to support the underprivileged.
President Sisi mourned Dr Ganzouri as a righteous man, loyal to Egypt’s soil and to Egypt’s sons and daughters, who made memorable contributions to Egypt’s political and economic arenas. He was a man of knowledgeable standing and wise vision, the President said, and had outstanding leadership capacities, supreme ethical standards, and loyal dedication to the nation in the most crucial of times.
The Cabinet observed a minute of silence in respect for Dr Ganzouri’s departure. Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli mourned his predecessor pointing out to his expansive knowledge, diligence, devotion and perseverance. He stressed that Dr Ganzouri had been a valuable reference in economic and management matters.
The Coptic Orthodox Church headed by Pope Tawadros issued a statement mourning Dr Ganzouri. The statement gratefully acknowledged Dr Ganzouri’s remarkable contribution to the nation in various fields, never shying away from shouldering responsibility during the toughest of times. “He was a model of honour and integrity, the statement said. “We remember with appreciation his good relationship with the Church, especially during situations when his compassion was manifest.” The Church prayed for the Lord to have mercy on him, and to grant his family and loved ones patience and solace.
1 April 2021