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Egypt Interim Cabinet Sworn In
July 17, 2013

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Egypt has an interim cabinet, which will be the de facto government until a new consitution is in place and new members of parliament and a new president are elected.

Interim President Adly Mansour has appointed as his ministers a more diverse group than did the ousted President Mohamed Morsi, including two Coptic Christians and three women. Women are in charge of the environment, health, and information ministries. However, the interim government has no representation from among the Muslim Brotherhood, Salafis, or any other Islamist group.

Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed El-Baradei was sworn in as interim vice-president, and Hazem al-Beblawi was sworin in as interim prime minister. Military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn in as interim deputy prime minister. The interim foreign minsiter is Nabil Fahmy, the country's ambassador to the U.S. for nine years in the 2000s. One Morsi holdover, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, remains.

In one of his first statements as interim president, Mansour announced an aggressive timetable for the drafting of the constitution and the elections for parliament and president.

But Islamists were only until very recently elected officials continue to speak out against the legitimacy of the interim government and, further, refuse to take part in any new governmental process. This is the exact reverse of the process that brought about the country's recently suspended constitution, parliament, and president. Morsi was the Muslim's Brotherhood candidate in the presidential election and won a majority of that vote. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis won a majority of the seats in parliament and crafted the constitution. Members of the opposition, for the most part, boycotted the elections and, at the insistence of the Islamist majority, played little part in the drafting of the constitution.

Federal prosecutors moved ahead in operations targeting the Brotherhood, freezing the assets of a number of the group's top members. Prosecutors are still mulling over issuing charges against Morsi, who continues to be out of the public eye following his house arrest earlier in the month.

Clashes between police and protesters resulted in hundreds of injuries and arrests. Seven people died in the clashes, which took place at four locations across Cairo, the capital city. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been staging sit-ins at two locations, one at an eastern Cairo mosque and one outside the main campus of Cairo University, a Brotherhood stronghold.

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