Egypt’s military reshuffles cabinet

February 23rd, 2011 - 1:16 am ICT by IANS  

Cairo, Feb 22 (IANS) Egypt’s ruling military council Tuesday appointed new ministers in the first cabinet reshuffle after the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak, media reports said.The new ministers were sworn in before the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Hussein Tantawi, Xinhua reported citing Egypt’s state TV.

The cabinet reshuffle excluded prominent members of the National Democratic Party (NDP), but included an opposition member from the El Wafd Party as minister of tourism.

The ministries of scientific research, immigration and manpower, communications, health, petroleum, social solidarity, trade and industry, tourism and culture were among Tuesday’s reshuffle.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces took the responsibility to run the country for a six-month transition period, after Mubarak stepped down Feb 11 following 18 days of pro-democracy protests.

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