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10 new Egyptian ministers sworn in

Muslim Brotherhood gains three cabinet portfolios in shuffle

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks at the Shura Council, the country's upper house of parliament, in Cairo, Saturday, December 29 (photo credit: AP/Egyptian State TV)
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks at the Shura Council, the country's upper house of parliament, in Cairo, Saturday, December 29 (photo credit: AP/Egyptian State TV)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s government swore in 10 new ministers in a shuffle of the cabinet aimed at better handling of the country’s struggling economy.

The top posts that changed hands on Sunday were the ministers of interior, which handles the police, and finance.

Presidential officials say the portfolios of transportation, electricity and local development are now led by members of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Morsi met with the new ministers after their swearing in and discussed ways to revive tourism and attract foreign investors.

The shake-up comes as a delegation of International Monetary Fund officials prepares to meet with Egyptian authorities Monday to discuss a $4.8 billion loan and painful economic restructuring.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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