Four new Egypt ministers to deliver oath on Thursday

Ahram Online, Thursday 10 May 2012

A limited cabinet reshuffle in Cairo comes to diffuse a long-standing showdown between the government and the Islamist-dominated parliament

Kamal al-Ganzouri
Egypt's prime minister Kamal al-Ganzouri (Photo: Reuters)

Four New ministers will be delivering their oath of office in front of Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, head of the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), later on Thursday, Ahram Arabic news gate reported.

On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Kamal El-Gaznouri met with the new ministers of Higher Education, Culture, Manpower and Parliamentary Affairs.

They were appointed on Wednesday as part of a limited cabinet reshuffle undertaken by SCAF to defuse the crisis with the Parliament.

Mohamed Abdul Hameed El-Nashar, was appointed to the Ministry of Higher Education instead of Hussein Khaled, and Mohamed Saber Arab to the Ministry of culture instead of Shaker Abdel-Hamid.

Fathy Fakry, minister of Manpower and Immigration, was replaced by Refaat Mohamed Hassan.

Omar Mohamed Salem will head the newly established Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.

During the meeting with the prime minister, the ministers promised El-Ganzouri to give special attention to domestic issues, putting a priority for unemployment.

The decision comes after intensive efforts have been exerted to put an end to the three-month-long showdown between the government and the Islamist-dominated parliament.

MPs have asked El-Ganzouri government to resign or face a vote of no confidence earlier in the spring after they sharply attacked his political and economic program.

Parliament Speaker Saad El-Katatni said that he was promised a cabinet reshuffle by SCAF, Al-Ahram daily reported on Sunday. Fayza Abul Naga, minister of international cooperation, however, refuted such claim at a press conference on Monday. 

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