Egypt’s interim president swears in new Cabinet

Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi
Egypt’s interim president swears in new Cabinet

CAIRO: Egypt’s interim president is swearing in a new Cabinet, the first since the ouster of the Islamist president by the military nearly two weeks ago.

The new government, sworn in Tuesday, is led by Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, an economist, and features the promotion of Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who ousted Muhammad Mursi on July 3, to deputy prime minister. He also retains the defense portfolio.

The Mursi-appointed interior minister, Mohammed Ibrahim, remains in his post, in charge of the police. Nabil Fahmy, who was Egypt’s ambassador to the US from 1999-2008, becomes foreign minister.The proceedings are being shown live on state TV. – ArabNews