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New Egyptian ministers to take oaths today amid revolutionary dissatisfaction

Sharaf's shake-up of cabinet leaves the current ministers of interior and justice in place, to the displeasure of protesters

Ahram Online , Thursday 21 Jul 2011

Ministers of the new cabinet will today be sworn in before Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces and the de facto ruler of Egypt, according to the statement on the cabinet's Facebook page. 

But members of the National Association for Change (NAC) have announced their opposition to Prime Minister Essam Sharaf's reshuffle, saying any new cabinet must satisfy the full ambitions and demands of the Egyptian revolution which the recently announced one does not.
The reshuffle has failed to remove two crucial figures, the Minister of the Interior and the  Minister of Justice. Replacing them was top on the list of the revolutionaries' demands.
Revolutionaries demanded the replacement of the current Minister of the Interior after policemen attacked the families of protesters killed during the revolution on the night of 28 June.
Meanwhile the slow pace of justice and delays in the trials of members of the old regime have led many to demand the replacement of the Minister of Justice too.
Sharaf is believed to have reshuffled cabinet ministers in response to the demands of demonstrators currently occupying Tahrir Square.
The names of new ministers were first announced on Sunday and met a wave of criticism. Sharaf has further reshuffled the cabinet since then, replacing some of the more controversial nominees. 
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