Egypt's PM-designate pledges 'people's government'
Egypt's prime minister-designate is describing his new 35-member
Cabinet as the "people's government" and has called on Egyptians to
unite in the face of "grave" challenges.
The U.S.-educated Hesham
Kandil also confirmed that Hosni Mubarak's defense minister of 20 years,
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, will retain the post. Tantawi led the
military generals who took over from Mubarak when the president stepped
down after a popular uprising last year.
Kandil spoke at a news
conference on Thursday, hours ahead of the swearing-in ceremony of the
new Cabinet. He says several members of the outgoing, military-backed
government will retain their posts, including the foreign and finance
Kandil is a devout Muslim who maintains that he has no formal links to any of the country's Islamist political parties.
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