Sisi swears in new Egypt government
Sisi has pledged to put security and restoring the country's battered economy at the top of his agenda
Egypt's new cabinet was sworn in on Tuesday by the country's newly elected President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.
The swearing-in ceremony took place in the capital, Cairo, and state television aired live footage from the swearing-in inside the presidential palace.
The government of about 30 ministers - including four women and several technocrats - is led by Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb, who also served as the interim premier for the past five months.
He was the second person to fill the post since Sisi ousted Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohammad Mursi, last July, following massive protests against the Islamist leader and his Muslim Brotherhood. Mehleb was asked by Sisi to return to the post.
It's also the first cabinet under Sisi, the country's former army chief and defense minister who himself was sworn in as president earlier in June, following his landslide election victory last month.
Sisi has pledged to put security and restoring the country's battered economy at the top of his agenda. He has also vowed to build a more stable future after three turbulent years since the ouster of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Sisi has also said there will be no tolerance for those who took up arms against the government and Egyptians - a thinly veiled reference to Mursi's supporters.
Since Mursi's removal, his supporters have held near-daily demonstrations, which have been met by a fierce crackdown by security forces that has killed hundreds and arrested thousands. Mursi and many of the top Brotherhood leaders have been jailed and are on a series of trials, mostly in connection to violence associated with the protests.
For the first time, the cabinet doesn't include the Information Ministry, the government body that for decades has overseen state media, keeping them to a close government line supporting official policies and rallying support for the leadership.
The move is in line with the newly adopted constitution, which calls for an "independent institution" to regulate media and the press.
After Mubarak's 2011 ouster, activists and free media advocates called for abolishing the ministry and state media. The transitional military council that took power after Mubarak's removal initially agreed to the move, but then reinstated the ministry.
Egypt's new parliament - which is to be elected within months - has a mandate to pass legislation that will regulate the work of the new media body.
Egypt's new cabinet
The following is the line-up of Egypt's new 34-member government which was sworn in on Tuesday.
- Prime Minister: Ibrahim Mahlab
- Minister of Defence and Military Production: Sedki Sobhi
- Interior Minister: Mohamed Ibrahim
- Foreign Affairs: Sameh Shoukri (new)
- Finance: Hany Qadri Yussef Damian
- Social Solidarity: Ghada Waly
- Higher Education: Al-Sayed Ahmed Abdel Khaleq (new)
- Culture: Ahmed Gaber Asfour (new)
- Justice: Mahfouz Saber Abdel Qadir (new)
- Transitional Justice and Parliamentary Affairs: Ibrahim Henaidy (new)
- Investment: Ashraf Salman (new)
- Education: Mahmud Abul Nasr
- Electricity and Renewable Energy: Mohammed Hamid Shaker
- Tourism: Mohammed Hisham Abbas Zazou
- Agriculture: Adel Tawfiq al-Beltagy (new)
- Communications and Information Technology: Atef Helmi
- Petroleum and Mineral Resources: Sherif Ismail
- Civil Aviation: Mohammed Hossam el-Din
- Transport: Hany Dahy (new)
- Water Resources and Irrigation: Hussein Mohamed al-Mughazi (new)
- Housing: Mustafa Kamal Madbuli
- Supply and Domestic Trade: Khaled Mohammed Hanafi
- Labour and Immigration: Nahed Ali Ashri
- Religious Endowments: Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa
- Planning: Ashraf al-Sayid al-Arabi
- Health and Population: Adel el-Adawi
- Antiquities: Mamdouh al-Damati (new)
- Environment: Khalid Fahmy (new)
- Domestic Development: Adel Labib
- Youth and Sport: Khaled Abdel Aziz
- Minister of State for Military Production: Ibrahim Yunis Ismail
- Industry and Trade: Mounir Fakhri Abdel Nour
- International Cooperation: Naglaa al-Ahwani (new)
- Scientific Research: Sherif Hammad (new)
- Minister of State for Urban Development: Leila Iskander (new)
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