Egypt's new cabinet to be sworn in after protests

Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:39am GMT
 

By Patrick Werr and Yasmine Saleh

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's new cabinet will be sworn in on Monday after a reshuffle that protesters said only partially met demands for deeper political and economic reforms.

A core of protesters, who have camped in Cairo's Tahrir Square since July 8, said they want further measures, including a quicker trial of Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted as president on February 11 in a popular uprising.

The reshuffle has changed more than half the cabinet, at least 15 ministers, including major portfolios such as finance and foreign affairs. But others, such as Interior Minister Mansour el-Essawy, keep their posts.

The police have been a particular target for protests because of tough tactics used during and after the uprising that toppled Mubarak. Some protesters welcomed Essawy's shake up of top police officers last week. Others say he has not done enough.

"What is this cabinet reshuffle that took place? It is ridiculous. We want Essawy to leave, he was unable to make any changes in the police force. We are not feeling any difference," said Shaimaa Saif el-Din, a 22-year-old in the square.

Ahmed Maher of the April 6 movement, one of the groups driving the protests, said: "Our problem is with the way the police force works, not with the personalities."

The new ministers would take the oath of office in front of Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, leader of the military council that took control of Egypt after Mubarak's resignation, the state news agency MENA said.

Tantawi was defence minister under Mubarak for two decades.   Continued...

Protesters carry flags and sit on a wall at Al Qaed Ibrahim Mosque while taking part in Friday prayers in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, 230 km (140 miles) north of Cairo July 15, 2011. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
 
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