12 July 2013

Egypt: PM Nominates Economist Bahaa Al-Din As His Deputy

Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi nominated economist and former head of the General Authority for Investment Zeyad Bahaa al-Din as deputy prime minister, Reuters News Agency reported on Friday.

Bahaa al-Din was a nominee last week before the Salafi Nour Party voiced their objection to him for being a leading figure in the Egyptian Democratic Socialist Party.

The prime minister said he will start contacting candidates for ministerial positions on Sunday or Monday. He added that he expects the cabinet to be sworn in by the end of next week.

The most prominent ministerial candidates include Major General Ahmed Gamal al-Din as deputy prime minister for security, former minister Gouda Abdel Khalek as minister of supply and Dorreya Sharaf al-Din as minister of information, al-Ahram Portal reported senior sources as saying.

The nominees also include former finance minister's aide Hani Kadri as minister of finance and expert at NASA Essam Mohamed Haggi as minister of scientific research, the source added.

A number of current ministers will remain in their posts. These ministers include Interior Minister, Tourism Minister, Communications and Information Technology Minister, Social Affairs Minister and Military Production Minister.

The cabinet will comprise three women ministers, the source stated.

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