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Egypt delays swearing-in of new cabinet

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Following renewed pro-democracy demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square over the last 10 days, the Egyptian government delayed Monday’s swearing-in of a new cabinet for an extra day.

At least 15 ministers, or more than half of the cabinet were changed in the reshuffle including the heads of the Finance and Foreign Affairs departments.

The new cabinet will take the oath of office in front of Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, leader of the military council that took control of Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation earlier in the year.

Tantawi was defence minister for two decades under Mubarak.