CAIRO — Egypt’s interim president is swearing in a new Cabinet, the first since the ouster of the Islamist president by the military nearly two weeks ago.
The new government, sworn in today, is led by Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, an economist, and features the promotion of Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who ousted Mohammed Morsi on July 3, to deputy prime minister. He also retains the defense portfolio.
The Morsi-appointed interior minister, Mohammed Ibrahim, remains in his post, in charge of the police. Nabil Fahmy, who was Egypt’s ambassador to the U.S. from 1999-2008, becomes foreign minister.
The proceedings are being shown live on state TV.