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Sisi stays as defence minister in Egypt's new cabinet

Published on Mar 2, 2014 1:34 AM

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's army chief, who has made no secret of his intention to stand for president despite not yet announcing his candidacy, remains defence minister in a new cabinet sworn in on Saturday.

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi retains the defence portfolio in the new line-up led by Ibrahim Mahlab, a former member of ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak's ruling party.

The cabinet, which is tasked with organising the presidential election, is expected to work in Sisi's favour, after the previous government faced mounting criticism for failing to tackle a floundering economy and worsening industrial unrest.

A majority of the 31-member cabinet also served in the previous administration led by Hazem al-Beblawi.

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