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Tantawi holds meeting with newly sworn-in Egyptian government

Nation's de facto leader stresses the importance of restoring security, preparing for elections and building confidence in the economy

Ahram Online , Thursday 21 Jul 2011
Field Marshal Tantawi
Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the ruling Supreme Military Council and Egypt's de facto president
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Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, has held a meeting with the newly appointed government led by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf after the official swearing-in ceremony.

During the meeting Tantawi highlighted certain priorities and high-profile issues that the new government should take into account.
 
Tantawi stressed issues such as "restoring security and preparing the country for a democratic election process", as well as working to rebuild confidence in the Egyptian economy.
 
Tantawi also asked the new government to support judicial bodies in the trials of former regime officials.
 
The swearing-in of new ministers was supposed take place on Wednesday 20 July but last-minute replacements in the cabinet meant the ceremony was postponed until today.
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