Egypt’s interim Premier Hazem El-Beblawi to announce new cabinet


Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi, who is in tough talks with ministerial nominees, is set to announce the country’s post-coup cabinet.

Beblawi plans to continue consultations for the formation of his cabinet on Sunday.

He held talks on Saturday with candidates for ministerial posts accompanied by Mohamed ElBaradei, who has been appointed as Egypt’s vice president.

Beblawi said the new Egyptian administration would be composed of 30 members.

He added that restoring security, ensuring the flow of goods and services, and preparing parliamentary and presidential elections are top priorities for his administration.

Sources in the transitional administration say Beblawi has nominated leftist politician Godah Abdel Khalik to lead the supplies ministry, which he led for months in 2011.

Beblawi has also nominated Christian liberal politician Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour as investment minister. Abdel Nour was appointed tourism minister in the country’s cabinet led by then premier Ahmed Shafiq in February 2011, during the country’s revolution.

The Egyptian military, which overthrew President Mohamed Morsi, has drafted a roadmap for the premier to fulfill his duties.

On July 3, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of Egypt’s army, announced that President Morsi was no longer in office. Sisi also dissolved the Egyptian constitution.

The army declared chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim president on July 4.

On July 10, Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, Freedom and Justice Party, rejected offers by Beblawi to join the interim government.

“We reject all that comes from this coup,” said Tareq al-Morsi, the spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood.

The group said that it will not hold talks with the interim government until Mohamed Morsi is reinstated.



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