Egyptian PM says reshuffle to include Sisi's defense minister: report

CAIRO Sat Feb 1, 2014 7:17am EST

Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi speaks during a news conference in Abu Dhabi October 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ben Job

Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi speaks during a news conference in Abu Dhabi October 27, 2013.

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has said a cabinet reshuffle will include the defence ministry, an Egyptian newspaper said on Saturday, in the clearest sign yet that Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi plans to stand for president.

Army chief Sisi, now defence minister in Egypt's interim government, deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July after mass protests against his rule and is widely expected to announce his candidacy within days and win an election easily.

Before he can run for president he must step down from his government post.

The reshuffle will not be announced before a visit by Beblawi to Saudi Arabia, a major financial supporter of Egypt's interim government, on Tuesday and Wednesday, the privately-owned Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper quoted him as saying.

The reshuffle is to include the defence ministry and the ministry for international cooperation, whose head, Ziad Bahaa El-Din, tendered his resignation last Monday, according to the report.

Cabinet officials were not immediately available for comment.

Mursi, meanwhile, is facing trial on Saturday over violence outside the presidential palace during unrest in late 2012 ignited by a decree that expanded his powers. Around a dozen people were killed.

(The story corrects day to Saturday.)

(Reporting by Shadia Nasralla; editing by Andrew Roche)

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Comments (3)
OmarM wrote:
Sisi lead a counter revolution to bring back the presidency to the Army by ousting the first elected president in Egypt’s history

Feb 01, 2014 8:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
BanglaFirst wrote:
Evil murderer Al Sisi growling to become President backed by Saudi despotic violators of rights of humanity will mean all of idiotic dumb Egyptian to become slave for decades unless they rise up and throw out these evil men in uniform and restore power to elected President Morsi or call another election without any influence from Army or outsiders.

Feb 01, 2014 11:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
BanglaFirst wrote:
Evil murderer Al Sisi growling to become President backed by Saudi despotic violators of rights of humanity will mean all of idiotic dumb Egyptian to become slave for decades unless they rise up and throw out these evil men in uniform and restore power to elected President Morsi or call another election without any influence from Army or outsiders.

Feb 01, 2014 11:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
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