New Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil has formed a new government, state TV reported on Wednesday. The 34 new ministers will be swearing their oath to President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday.
Prime Minister Hisham Kandil previously said that his government would be composed of technocrats and that the choice of his ministers "would not be based on political affiliations, but on their "competencence."
Head of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) Hussein Tantawi is to keep his post as minister of defense in the new cabinet. He has served as defence minister since 1991, under seven different governments.
The outgoing Minister of Finance Momtaz Al-Saeed and Foreign Affairs ministers Mohammed Kamel Amr will keep their portfolios in the new cabinet.
The Interior Ministry will go now to Maj. Gen. Ahmed Gamal Eddin, a former deputy of the interior and director of public security department in Assiut priovince, instead of Mohammed Ibrahim, television reported.
Earlier, Prime Minister Hisham Kandil met with Morsi to hand in a list of names for the new cabinet for his approval, official MENA news agency reported.
However, several media reports thought that the delay in announcing the new Cabinet members was partly due to the conflicts in the negotiations between the military council and the presidency on the highest-profile ministries; those of the interior, defence, Justice and finance.
In related news, Egyptian security sources in the Sinai peninsula said that police shot and injured three African migrants who were en route to Israel. Two Eritreans were among the three treated at Nakhl hospital in the Sinai. They are expected to be transferred to el-Arish general hospital.
Four Eritreans and three Ethiopians were also caught near the border. They told interrogators of paying large amounts of money to trafficking groups in the Sinai. They were looking for work in Israel.
We wish success for this government and the question here, How many members from Freedom and Justice party of the Muslim Brotherhood will be among the 34 ministers? Will it be really a government representing all Egyptian parties ? What is the government's situtation towards the peace agreement with Israel? The coming days will give the answers to all these questions. Here's hoping it will be a true change and not a change in faces only.