Ali El Selmi

Not to be confused with Ali Selmi.
Ali El Selmi
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
16 July 2011  2 December 2011
Prime Minister Essam Sharaf
Preceded by Yehia Gammal
Personal details
Nationality Egyptian
Political party Wafd Party

Ali Mohamed Abdel Hafiz El Selmi (Arabic: علي محمد عبدال حفظ إل سلمي) is an Egyptian liberal academic and politician who served as a deputy prime minister from July to December 2011 in the interim government in Egypt.


Selmi is a professor of economics.[1] He is a senior member of the liberal Wafd Party[2] and also deputy head of the party.[3] Selmi was minister of administrative development in former cabinets of Egypt.[1] He was appointed deputy prime minister for political affairs in the interim government headed by then prime minister Essam Sharaf on 16 July 2011.[4][2] Selmi replaced Yehia Gammal, who resigned from office.[2] Selmi announced shortly after his appointment that the privatization program had been ended.[5] On 1 November 2011, the cabinet announced a set of principles developed by Selmi regarding the prospective constitution of Egypt, which were officially called the "Declaration of the Fundamental Principles of the New Egyptian State", but more commonly known as "Selmi document".[6][7] The document supported the increased role and political influence of the Egyptian army.[6] On 18 November 2011, it was protested by hundreds of thousands of Egyptians in the Tahrir square.[8] Selmi's tenure lasted until December 2011 when the interim cabinet resigned.[9]


  1. 1 2 Beblawi, Hazem (16 July 2011). "2 deputies to PM appointed – report". The Egyptian Gazette. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 El Amrani, Issandr (17 July 2011). "New Egyptian finance minister appointed". Financial Times. Cairo. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  3. "Politicians Call for Amending Peace Treaty, Deploying Forces to Protect Borders". Aswat Masriya. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  4. "Political parties and powers to approve El-Selmi document, on condition it is amended". Ahram Online. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  5. Martin, Patrick (22 July 2011). "Egyptian military delays election as opposition mounts". WSWS. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  6. 1 2 Hamad, Mahmoud (2012). "The Constitutional Challenges in Post-Mubarak Egypt" (PDF). Insight Turkey. 14 (1): 51-69. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  7. Mahmoud, Mohamed (8 November 2011). "Debate intensifies over Egypt's constitutional principles document". Al Shorfa. Cairo. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  8. Bradley, Matt (19 November 2011). "Islamists Lead a Massive Protest in Cairo". The Wall Street Journal. Cairo. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  9. "Sharaf officially announces cabinet resignation". Egypt Independent. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
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