1 March 2014

Egypt: New Cabinet Sworn in

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

Egypt has sworn in a new cabinet after the previous government surprised the country by resigning less than one week ago.

Interim President Adly Mansour picked Ibrahim Mahlab as the new prime minister on Tuesday and tasked him with forming a new government. Mahlab has decided to keep some of the former ministers in his new government, including Egypt's army chief, Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, as defense minister and Muhammad Ibrahim as interior minister.

Mahlab headed Egypt's mammoth state-owned construction company during the rule of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and served as the housing minister in the interim cabinet that resigned on Monday.

Mahlab vowed at a news conference to "crush terrorism in all corners" of Egypt and restore security.

Egypt has been hit with a wave of labor strikes protesting the government's economic failures as the country heads toward expected presidential elections in April.

Defense Minister Sissi is expected to run for president.

Former interim prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi had headed the government since July, when the army ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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