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Egypt to reshuffle 10 Cabinet ministries, state news says

By Yousuf Basil, CNN
updated 1:34 PM EST, Sat January 5, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • There will be 10 new ministers, state news said
  • Interior and finance ministers will be replaced
  • Foreign and defense ministries were not cited in the reshuffling
  • The country's prime minister wants technocrats to govern

(CNN) -- Egypt is reshuffling several of its Cabinet ministries with leaders it describes as "technocrats," state media said.

The Interior and Finance ministers are among 10 being replaced, state news said on Saturday. The new Cabinet members will take their oaths of office before President Mohamed Morsy on Sunday, the state-run MENA said.

Morsy last month asked Prime Minister Hisham Kandil to make the appropriate changes that would best help tackle the nation's problems. Kandil said he had been working with Morsy to pursue "technocrats," experts in managing and administering specific areas of government.

Gen. Mohamed Ibrahim will head the Interior Ministry and Al-Mursi Al-Sayed Hegazy will run the Finance Ministry, MENA said. Other new ministers are Basem Kamal, provisions; Atef Helmi, communications; and Omar Mohamed Salem, parliamentary affairs.

The other offices involved are transportation, electricity and energy, local development, civil aviation and environmental affairs.

Two key posts -- the foreign and defense ministries -- were not among those targeted for change. The foreign minister is Mohammed Kamel Amr and the defense minister is Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.

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