Building Egypt’s Cabinet
Posted on Mar 6, 2011
Post-revolution Egypt’s government is beginning to take form, with Prime Minister-designate Essam Sharaf selecting two men not affiliated with Hosni Mubarak to head the interior and foreign ministries.
The reformists who toppled President Mubarak on Feb. 11 have demanded a clean sweep of his cronies in government. —JCL
Egypt’s prime minister has appointed new ministers for the interior and foreign portfolios in a further sign that ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s old guard are being removed from the cabinet.
Essam Sharaf named General Mansour El Essawi and Nabil Elaraby, a former judge with the International Court of Justice, for the key posts on Sunday, a post on the Facebook page of the prime minister’s office said.
Elaraby’s appointment came hours after El Essawi’s, but the prime minister’s cabinet list has yet to be confirmed.
A statement from MENA news agency said: “Nabil Elaraby said he has accepted the foreign ministry portfolio during this critical time in the history of Egypt.”
AP / Khalil Hamra
Egypt’s Prime Minister-designate Essam Sharaf speaks in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday.