Muslim Brotherhood et al taking it to the streets. Looks like the hope for a smooth transition is increasingly dimmed.
Egypt has seen the appointment of two governments in the past month. On January 31, 2011, prior to his resignation as president, Hosni Mubarak appointed a new government headed by Civil Aviation Minister General Ahmad Shafiq, which replaced that of prime minister Ahmad Nazif. The new government comprised figures from the regime and security circles, including veteran ministers who remained in their posts.
When Mubarak ceded power to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces on February 11, the latter requested that Shafiq's government remain as an interim government, but under pressure from the protestors, a new government was appointed on February 22, reflecting a broader political spectrum and with representatives from various opposition movements. However, a number of ministers from the previous government remained, including the ministers of foreign affairs, justice, finance, international cooperation, electricity, and the interior.
On Friday, February 25, millions of protestors, dissatisfied with this government as well, demonstrated in Al-Tahrir Square in a demand that it be disbanded. At the time of this writing, thousands are still protesting there, demanding a new government that will exclude any members identified with the previous regime or with the National Democratic Party (NDP). Among the movements demanding this is the Muslim Brotherhood, which has called the Shafiq government "unacceptable" and has declared that it will not be a part of it. Opposition to the Shafiq government was also expressed by Facebook groups which said that it was an insult to the revolution and called on it to resign.
At a February 28 meeting with representatives of the protesters, the representatives of the military administration said that the government must be given a chance to do its job, and that it was crucial for veteran ministers to stay in office, in order to prevent a total collapse of the state's administrative infrastructure. However, according to reports in the Egyptian press, there are plans for a limited reshuffle in the government, replacing some of the controversial ministers.
Following are excerpts from articles in the former government press and in the opposition press expressing opposition to the Shafiq government: (here)