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Egypt set for more protests as new cabinet sworn in

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Egypt set for more protests as new cabinet sworn in


Egypt’s ruling military council announced a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday with Hazem el-Beblawi sworn in as the country’s finance minister.

He is one of 14 new faces joining the government.

Thirteen ministers retain their portfolios including that of the interior ministry. The reshuffle is the second since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the ruling military council, told the cabinet to restore security, prepare for new elections and fight corruption.

The reshuffle was prompted by demands from protesters who have been camping out in Cairo’s Tahrir square.

They are demanding faster political and economic reforms.

Reports say activists have called for a mass demonstration on Friday.

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