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Egyptian Prime Minister-designate Ibrahim Mahlab reappointed several ministers on Wednesday in his new government, including Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, state TV reported.
The Interior Ministry is leading the state's campaign against militant violence that has soared since the army deposed President Mohamed Mursi last year following mass protests against his rule.
Oil Minister Sherif Ismail and Planning Minister Ashraf al-Arabi were also reappointed. There was no immediate word on who would take the defence ministry, held by army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the outgoing cabinet, or the ministries of finance and foreign affairs.
Egyptian army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will keep his post as defence minister in a new government, an official source said on Wednesday, quashing speculation he was on the cusp of announcing a widely expected bid for the presidency.
"He is expected to continue in his post until all the issues regarding the election laws are resolved," the source said.
Sisi is widely expected to win the forthcoming presidential election but has yet to formally announce his candidacy. He must vacate the position of defence minister in order to run.
The army-backed interim government led by Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi resigned unexpectedly on Monday.
Mahlab, a former official in deposed President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party, was the housing minister in the outgoing government. He is a civil engineer who formerly headed one of Egypt's biggest construction firms.
Hisham Zaazou, tourism minister in the Beblawi government, also kept his position. Tourism is one of the most important industries in Egypt but has been hammered in the last three years of turmoil.
Mounir Fakhri Abdel Nour, minister of trade and industry in the Beblawi government, was appointed minister of a consolidated ministry merging trade and investment.Last Mod: 28 Şubat 2014, 11:53