* New cabinet expected
* More protests planned
* Demands for total purge of cabinet
By Marwa Awad and Tom Pfeiffer
CAIRO, Feb 22 Egypt's new military rulers were
expected to unveil a new cabinet on Tuesday with pro-democracy
protesters planning a march to pressure the generals to purge
the old guard of deposed president Hosni Mubarak.
Leaks of the reshuffle to state media showing key ministers,
such as foreign, finance and interior, unchanged were greeted
with a sour reaction by reformists who want a fresh cabinet with
technocrats to run the Arab world's most populous nation.
As the military struggled to organise a handover to power
with free and fair elections in six months after the downfall of
Mubarak, its neighbour Libya was engulfed by a fierce crackdown
on a mounting revolt to the 41-year rule of Muammar Gadaffi.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was in Cairo on
Tuesday to offer international aid to help the Supreme Council
of the Armed Forces to get the country back to work and to
secure a peaceful, swift and orderly transition of power.
"I am certainly looking at ways for us to offer support,"
Ashton told reporters, after a visit by British Prime Minister
David Cameron and U.S. officials, offering help to the rulers of
this key American ally that has a peace treaty with Israel.
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The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's most powerful
political organisation which has a growing influence in the
post-Mubarak era, said it was not offered a portfolio. Others
referred to in leaks of a reshuffle defended their appointments.
BROTHERHOOD, OTHERS WANT PURGE
Others involved in the movement that toppled Mubarak's
30-year rule with an 18-day uprising signalled their displeasure
at the plans by the council, led by Field Marshal Mohamed
Hussein Tantawi, who has been defence minister for two decades.
Millions turned out for Egypt's uprising, centred around
Cairo's Tahrir Square, to protest about corruption, repression
and poverty, whipping up a revolution that toppled Mubarak, a
former air force commander who took over after Anwar Sadat was
assassinated in 1981.
The military dissolved parliament, suspended the
constitution and promised presidential and parliamentary
elections in six months but reformists are urging wider reforms
and the lifting of emergency law imposed after Sadat's killing.
A group of youths called the People's National Movement for
Change will stage a march from Talaat Harb Square to Tahrir
Square at 2 p.m. on Tuesday to demand the resignation of Prime
Minister Ahmed Shafiq's interim government.
The protesters said they would give the cabinet until
Wednesday to resign and will call for a big sit-in in Tahrir on
Thursday and a march on Friday.
"We will march in protest to demand the resignation of
Shafiq's government and abolishing emergency law and the trial
of Mubarak and his family," the movement's Mohamed Fahmy said,
adding the group also demanded setting a new minimum wage.
The military, facing protests over wages and conditions that
sprang out of the nation's new found post-Mubarak freedom, has
effectively banned strikes and industrial action to get the
nation back on its feet and to restart the damaged economy
(Writing by Peter Millership)