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Egypt names new foreign minister

By the CNN Wire Staff
A file picture taken on July 28, 1997 shows Nabil Elaraby at United Nations headquarters in New York.
A file picture taken on July 28, 1997 shows Nabil Elaraby at United Nations headquarters in New York.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Nabil Elaraby is announced as new foreign minister
  • He replaces Ahmed Aboul Gheit
  • The shuffle comes a day after a former interior minister goes to trial
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  • Egypt

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Nabil Elaraby, a former judge on the International Court of Justice, has accepted the post as Egypt's foreign minister, the state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported Sunday.

Elaraby replaces Ahmed Aboul Gheit, who had been foreign minister since 2004.

The cabinet shake-up comes a day after Egypt's former interior minister pleaded not guilty to corruption and money-laundering charges in the first trial for one of Hosni Mubarak's inner circle.

Angry protesters called for greater charges against Habib al-Adly, a man who many believe was Mubarak's right-hand man in squashing Egypt's uprising with violence.

During the demonstrations that began on January 25 and led to Mubarak's ouster 18 days later, protesters had called for al-Adly's removal after security forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets and beat people with clubs and batons.

Last month, Egypt froze al-Adly's bank accounts and placed a travel ban on him. He was arrested after Mubarak's fall.

 
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