World Bulletin / News Desk
The new Egyptian government of Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab took the oath of office on Tuesday before President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, according to the state television.
The cabinet features 34 ministers, including 20 ministers from the outgoing interim government of Mahlab which had taken office in March and supervised the May presidential elections.
Following the swearing-in ceremony, al-Sisi held a meeting with his first government.
Speaking on state television Monday, Mahlab announced abolishment of the Information Ministry, which has hitherto controlled the country's sprawling state radio and television networks.
Al-Sisi had reassigned Mahlab to the post of prime minister earlier this month.
In March, Mahlab was chosen to succeed Hazem al-Beblawi, who had assumed the premiership last summer following the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the then Sisi-led army.
Egypt President forms legislative reform panel
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Monday decreed the formation of a new panel for legislative reform to be tasked with preparing draft laws.
The new decision, which was published in the official gazette, comes in line with Egypt's constitution, which gives the president the right to issue laws until a new parliament is elected.
The new committee will group legal experts; men of religion and government officials, including the prime minister; the ministers of justice, parliamentary affairs and transitional justice; judges, lawyers and a representative of Al-Azhar.
The committee will be responsible for drafting necessary laws and forward them to the President.
Al-Sisi's decision did not, however, refer to the specific laws the committee will formulate during its mandate.
Laws made by interim president Adly Mansour, who took over after last summer's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, were strongly opposed by Egypt's politicians and activists.
These laws included a controversial protest law, which brought anger and criticism to both the interim president and the government.Last Mod: 17 Haziran 2014, 10:12