Egypt's Ganzouri gives overview of his new cabinet
Egypt's new cabinet will include slots for younger and female ministers, while retaining up to 10 ministers from the previous cabinet, the country's new prime minister said Thursday.
Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri was tasked last week with forming a new government after the last one was dissolved amid sometimes violent street protests aimed at the existing administration, DPA reported.
Al-Ganzouri added that he held consultations with six candidates for various ministerial posts on Thursday and would continue consultations on Friday before completing the cabinet on Saturday.
He stressed that he will appoint a finance minister and not take the post himself, as some media had reported.
"I will appoint a finance minister, because I can't take on such responsibility at this time," al-Ganzouri told reporters. The cabinet would include no deputies to the prime minister, he added.
The interim ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, appointed Ganzouri to replace outgoing premier Issam Sharaf, who resigned during the biggest anti-regime protests in Egypt since the January 25 revolution, which toppled Hosny Mubarak's government.
Al-Ganzouri previously served as prime minister under Mubarak, from 1996 to 1999.