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Egypt's new cabinet sworn in as violence continues

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Egypt's new cabinet sworn in as violence continues


Almost a fortnight since the military took control of Egypt, a new cabinet has been sworn in.

Hazem Beblawi becomes the interim prime minister. The head of the armed forces, General Sisi, stays as defence minister and also becomes deputy PM while Mohammed Ibrahim Mustafa remains as interior minister. Liberal, Christian politician Mounir Abdel Nour has been made trade and industry minister.

The Muslim Brotherhood has denounced the new cabinet as “illegitimate” and says it won’t recognise it.

Outside the Raba’a Al Adawiya Mosque in Cairo, supporters of ousted President Mursi continued to call for him to be reinstated. Overnight seven people were killed and 261 injured in violent clashes.

The military says the interim cabinet will be for just six months until parliamentary and presidential elections are held.

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