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August 2, 2012 10:00 pm

Egypt Swears in New Cabinet With Military Keeping Key Posts

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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (right) during Thursday's swearing in of cabinet members. Photo: LA Times.

LA Times – The new Egyptian government sworn in Thursday is a vivid testament to the political pressures President Mohamed Morsi faces in appeasing secularists and Islamists as he moves to fix a plummeting economy while attempting to loosen the military’s hold on the nation.

Key ministers in the Cabinet are holdovers from the much criticized outgoing, military-backed interim government. They include Finance Minister Mumtaz al-Saeed and Defense Minister Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the military council that ruled the country after last year’s overthrow of Hosni Mubarak.

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