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Egyptian military rulers reshuffle cabinet

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011; 7:56 PM

CAIRO - Egypt's military rulers on Tuesday announced a cabinet reshuffle designed to decrease the power of loyalists of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, their latest concession to pro-democracy activists.

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The country's military council, which has governed Egypt since Mubarak resigned on Feb. 11, appointed 11 new ministers, state media reported.

The new ministers include opposition politicians and two Coptic Christians. Their appointment would have been unthinkable during Mubarak's 30-year rule because he reserved all top jobs for members of his National Democratic Party.

Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Justice Minister Mamdouh Marei, all Mubarak loyalists, remain in their posts. Activists have called for their ouster.

- Ernesto Londono


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