FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 file photo, Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Kandil talks during a press conference at his office in Cairo, Egypt.
Egypts prime minister caused an uproar after blaming health problems for babiesin poor villages on women who nurse them without cleaning their breasts.
Critics say the remarks show Hesham Kandil
is out of his
depth as prime minister.
made the remarks as he
tried to make a point about poverty at a press conference aired live on TV this week.
was responding to a question about whether economic policies are increasing poverty in Egypt
and how poverty contributed to the wave of unrest since late January.
With a muddled and stumbling response, Kandil
seemed to be trying to show he
was aware of the depth of poverty in Egypt
"I've been around," he
"In the 21st century, there are still villages in Egypt
where babies are infected with diarrhea ... because their mothers nursing them, out of their ignorance, don't do the personal hygiene of cleaning their breasts," Kandil he
As for Kandil
, "I see a man with no qualifications whatsoever to become a prime minister," Kamal said.
"I feel sorry for him," a well-known political blogger Zeinobia wrote of Kandil
, "because he
is appointed in (a) position that is bigger than his
own political as well as social capabilities."