Egypt PM unveils new cabinet amid protests
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Cairo, July 18: Egypt's Prime Minister today carried out a major reshuffle naming 15 new ministers as pressure mounted from protestors, who are accusing the country's military council of shielding ailing ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
As the clamour for purge of Mubarak and remnants of his former regime grew, Mubarak, who is under detention in a hospital, regained consciousness after lapsing into a coma, a top hospital official said.
The 83-year-old ex-ruler, whose trial opens for corruption and murder on August 3, had slipped into a coma yesterday at Sharm el-Sheikh hospital. A conviction could carry the death penalty and protestors fear that the lawyers may be using his health problem as a ruse to win amnesty.
State TV and media dubbed the new lineup as "revolutionary cabinet" as most of the ministers were newcomers, clearly with no ties to the Mubarak era.
But the rejig failed to assuage thousands of protestors, who have returned to Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, who charged that "the real power-brokers were still generals of Mubarak."
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