Egypt unveils new 35-member cabinet

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Egypt unveils new 35-member cabinet

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Egypt’s new government has been named, more than a month after President Mohamed Morsi took office.
The 35-member cabinet is mostly made up of technocrats.

Giving an indication of military’s future role in running the country, defence chief Hussein Tantawy, who held the post for two decades under former leader Hosni Mubarak, will stay in his job.

Six others have retained their jobs including the finance and foreign minister.

“Myself, my team and supervising authorities have made great efforts to make sure that we are choosing the best options,” said Prime Minister Hisham Kandil.

“Of course we could have made some mistakes but we have given a lot of consideration to this final selection of ministers.”

President Morsi has been criticised for taking too long to pick his new government

It’s the first permanent administration since the long serving leader Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising last year.