28 February 2014

Egypt: Premier - New Cabinet to Be Sworn in On Saturday

Photo: Ahmed Hamed/Aswat Masriya
Former housing minister Ibrahim Mahlab named new prime minister.

Cairo — - The newly-chosen cabinet ministers will be sworn in before the president on Saturday, said Ibrahim Mahlab, Egypt's Prime Minister-designate.

Mahlab resumed talks on Friday with ministerial candidates to finalise the new formation by Friday's end.

The new cabinet formation is almost complete, Mahlab told journalists on Thursday.

The cabinet will adopt a new philosophy in the upcoming period to communicate with the street, said the Middle East News Agency (MENA).

The former cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi, resigned last Monday. Former Housing Minister Mahlab was asked to form the new cabinet.

Mahlab has decided to keep Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi and Transport Minister Ibrahim al-Demiri in their posts, reported MENA.

Several ministers will continue in their posts as well, such as Interior Minister, Defence Minister, Planning and International Cooperation Minister, Endowments Minister, Antiquities Minister, Local Development Minister, Communications and Information Technology Minister, Youth and Sports Minister.

Other ministers who will remain in post include Education Minister, Oil Minister, Tourism Minister, Transition Justice Minister, Trade and Investment Minister, Agriculture Minister, and Environment Minister.

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