Newly-appointed Prime Minister Hisham Qandil continued a series of meetings to choose ministers in the new government on Thursday, due to take the oath before President Mohamed Morsi later in the day.
In addition to the ministers Qandil met with yesterday, the prime minister is to meet thirteen more would-be ministers including the final candidates for the ministries of justice, trade and industry, communication, planning and international cooperation, environment, education, man power and immigration, and youth.
Ahram Online has learnt that Hatem Saleh, head of dairy products division in Egypt's Federation of Industries, will be the new minister of trade and industry. Also, Ashraf El-Araby, former head of the technical office of minister of planning under long-serving Faiza Abul Naga, will be the new minister of planning and international cooperation.
A press conference is due to be held Thursday, in which Qandil will officially unveil the new government and is also expected to explain his criteria for choosing members of the cabinet. Later the new cabinet will take the oath before Morsi.