Egypt: New cabinet sworn in

Published January 31st, 2011 - 02:18 GMT
Riots against Mubarak
Riots against Mubarak

Egypt's State TV on Monday announced that President Hosni Mubarak has sworn in a new cabinet. In an important change, the infamous interior minister was replaced. A retired police general, Mahmoud Wagdi, was named to replace Habib el-Adly. 

Mubarak has retained his long-serving defense minister, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, and his foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit. 

Earlier, a coalition of opposition groups called for a million people to take to Cairo's streets Tuesday to increase pressure for President Hosni Mubarak to leave. According to the AP, spokesmen for several of the groups said their representatives were meeting Monday afternoon to develop a unified strategy for topping Mubarak. The committee will also discuss whether Mohamed ElBaradei will be named as a spokesman for the protesters, they said. 

The Muslim Brotherhood, who wants to form an Islamist state, said it would not take a leadership role.

Banks, schools and the stock market were shut for the second working day.



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