Egypt’s new cabinet begins to take shape after recent turmoil

City A.M. Reporter
EGYPT’S interim prime minister filled senior posts yesterday in a cabinet that will lead the country under an army-backed road map to restore civilian rule following the overthrow of elected President Mohamed Mursi.

Hazem el-Beblawi, a 76-year-old liberal economist appointed interim prime minister last week, is tapping technocrats and liberals for an administration to govern under a temporary constitution until parliamentary elections in about six months.

He named another liberal economist, Ahmed Galal, who has a doctorate from Boston University, as finance minister.

His job will be to start repairing the state finances and rescue an economy wrecked by two and a half years of political turmoil.

A former ambassador to the United States, Nabil Fahmy, accepted the post of foreign minister, a sign of the importance the government places in its relationship with the superpower that provides $1.3bn (£860m) a year in military aid.

Mohamed ElBaradei, a former senior UN diplomat, was sworn in as vice president, a job he was offered last week.

Government officials had earlier said the finance job would be offered to Hani Kadry, an official who oversaw Cairo’s loan negotiations with the International Monetary Fund.

It was not immediately clear why Kadry did not end up in the job.