Swearing-in of Egypt's reshuffled cabinet delayed
Cairo, July 18, 2011
Egypt has delayed until Tuesday the swearing-in of a new cabinet, appointed after a reshuffle that protesters said only partially met their demands for deeper political and economic reforms.
Prime Minister Essam Sharaf had scheduled the ceremony for 4 pm (1400 GMT) on Monday, but state television announced: "The Sharaf government will perform the constitutional oath tomorrow to complete consultation today."
A core of protesters, who have camped in Cairo's Tahrir Square since July 8, said they wanted further measures including a quicker trial of Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted as president on February 11 in a popular uprising.
The reshuffle has changed more than half the cabinet, at least 15 ministers, including major portfolios such as finance and foreign affairs. But others, such as Interior Minister Mansour el-Essawy, keep their posts. - Reuters