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New Egyptian cabinet to be announced today

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Cairo (Alshahid)-Egypt’s new cabinet is due to be officially announced and sworn in by President Mohammed Mursi on Thursday.

The country’s official news media listed more than 20 ministers in the new Cabinet, so far including only two members from the Muslim Brotherhood — an apparent attempt to calm concerns over the group’s intention to dominate the government.

Newly-appointed Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said he wants a government of technocrats and will appoint people based on their competence, which Morsi’s aides say is crucial if the government is to implement the president’s programme.

The Court of Appeal judge Ahmed Mekky said he has accepted the post of justice minister in the new government.

Last month, Mekky showed his strong support for the new government by giving the legal justification for the recall of the Brotherhood-dominated parliament on several television talk shows.

Incumbents who kept their jobs in the new ministry included Finance Minister Mumtaz al-Saeed and Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr Kamel, both of them career government employees.

Also announced was the new interior minister, Ahmed Gamal el-Din, a career policeman, similar to those who held the job under Mubarak.

Mostafa Mussad, a member of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, was appointed education minister. Brotherhood member Tarek Wafik was appointed to run the housing ministry and another, Osama Yassin, was appointed youth minister.

Osama Saleh, the head of the state-owned General Authority for Investment, said he would be investment minister, and Osama Kamal, the head of the Egyptian Petrochemical Holding Co., said he had been appointed oil minister.

The choice of defence minister was one of the few portfolios not announced on Wednesday. The post is held by Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the military council and cabinet and military source said he is likely to remain.

Alshahid and Agencies

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