Opposition and independent figures in cabinet reshuffle in Egypt
The newly appointed deputy prime minister Yehia el-Gamal said Sunday evening a cabinet reshuffle will introduce opposition and independent figures to the Egyptian government, dpa reported.
Some ministerial posts remained vacant in the caretaker cabinet, appointed by former president Hosny Mubarak around 10 days before he stepped down.
El-Gamal told the Egyptian private Dream TV that new ministers for vacant posts will be appointed and Minster of Oil Sameh Fahmy and Minister of Manpower Aisha Abdel-Hady will be replaced.
He indicated that the Ministry of Information will be abolished. Amr Hamzawy, of the Carnegie Middle East Centre, was chosen as minister of youth.
El-Gamal said an official announcement will be made soon.
The Secretary-General of Al-Wafd opposition party Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour also announced late on Sunday that he accepted his appointment as minister of tourism.
Other ministers to be appointed include those of education, trade and industry, and culture.
Most ministers in the previous cabinet were either members of Mubarak's National Democratic Party, or had close ties to it.