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Egypt Premier to Reshuffle Cabinet

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TEHRAN, July 17 (ICANA) – Egypt's caretaker Prime Minister Essam Sharaf is set to announce a major cabinet reshuffle in an effort to appease ongoing protests across the country.
Sunday, July 17, 2011 9:43:17 PM
Egypt Premier to Reshuffle Cabinet

Egypt's state-run news agency, MENA, says the premier will replace as many as 15 ministers in the reshuffle.

Sharaf, who has already accepted the resignation of two ministers, is expected to announce his new cabinet on Monday.

The premier accepted the resignation of the country's Finance Minister Samir Radwan. Sharaf appointed his deputy Hazem el-Biblawi to take up Radwan's position.

Earlier, Sharaf had accepted the resignation of Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Orabi, who is considered to have been too close to the former regime.

However, controversial ministers of justice, interior, information, culture, and education were not included in the reshuffle.

Minister of Justice Mohamed al-Guindi faces sharp criticism from Egypt's revolutionaries for the slow pace of the trials of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and members of his regime who are responsible for the killing of hundreds of demonstrators during the revolution.

Last week, the premier promised a cabinet reshuffle, aiming to curb the growing protests and improving the economy.

He has reshuffled key posts in his government in the face of calls for his own resignation.

Experts say Sharaf has limited powers under the military rulers of the country.

The developments come as tensions grow between political activists and the ruling military. The protesters are calling on Field Marshal, and de facto president, Hussein Tantawi to step down.

Following Mubarak's downfall, the military council has taken over in Egypt. Many Egyptians believe the council is trying to derail the uprising.

The demonstrators call for an end to the military council's rule and demand that they go back to their barracks and hand over power to a civilian government.

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