New Cabinet line up


Prime Minister Essam Sharaf completed his arrangements for a new government today and submitted his list to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces for approval.

Almost immediately there were problems with historians and curators protesting at the appointment of the new antiquities minister, Dr. Abdel Fattah El-Banna. His name was subsequently withdrawn, although we have left it in below as this was the official list as published on the Egyptian State Information Service website.

The prime minister also had to delay the swearing in ceremony from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning. Protesters were unimpressed with his new line-up, complaining that the interior minister, Mansour El-Essawy had been retained and that many of the others were unknown figures.

Two deputy prime ministers were appointed, these are:

Dr. Ali Al Selmy, as Deputy Premier for Political Development and Democratic Transformation and;

Dr. Hazem Al Beblawy as a Deputy for Economic Affairs and Minister of Finance.

Other new appointments as published on the SIS website are:

Dr Amr Helmi Minister of Health
Dr Ali Zine Al Abdine Minister of Transport
Dr Hazem Abdel Azim Minister of Communications
Dr Moataz Khorshed Minister of Higher Education
Salah Farag Minister of Agriculture
Mohamed Ahmed Atia Minister of Local Development
Dr Abdel Fattah Al-Saeed Minister of Antiquities
Mohamed el-Qousi Minister of Awqaf
Mohamed Kamal Amr, Foreign Minister
Lotfi Mostafa Kamel a Minister of Aviation
Major General Ali Ibrahim Sabry Minister of Military Production
Ahmed Fekry Minister of Industry and Trade
Hisham Qandeel Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation
Mohamed ed Abdel-Fadil Minister for Religious Endowment.
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