World Bulletin / News Desk
Egypt's new cabinet will be announced on Thursday, state media said on Saturday, ending what was seen as a long wait for a new government following the swearing-in of President Mohamed Mursi three weeks ago.
"I will announce the formation of the cabinet in its final form next Thursday," Prime Minister Hisham Kandil said in statements carried by state news agency MENA and state TV.
He said he had briefed Mursi on his meetings with possible candidates.
The former Irrigation and Water Resources Minister was designated premier last week.
The time it took Mursi to name his prime minister underlined how Egypt is struggling to turn new political freedoms into an effective government following the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising a year and half ago.
A Muslim Brotherhood politician and Egypt's first freely elected civilian president, Mursi is seeking to stamp his authority on a state where the military that assumed power from Mubarak still wields enormous influence.
Kandil said Mursi was in contact with the army generals on the choice of a new defence minister, a post currently occupied by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who held the post for 20 years under Mubarak.
Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdish regional authorities are making progress to rescue a deal over crude oil exports, after it nearly unravelled due to Kurdish threats to halt shipments in protest over lack of payment.
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Tension has been running high in Yemen since the Shiite Houthi group seized control of Sanaa in September and sought to extend its influence to other provinces.
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala early on Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
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