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Egypt Swears in New Cabinet

Officials remove a portrait of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak at the main Cabinet building in Cairo, February 13, 2011

Egypt's ruling military council has sworn into office a new Cabinet, replacing several ministers from the era of former President Hosni Mubarak.

But in the Cabinet reshuffle finalized Tuesday, Egypt's key ministers of defense, interior, foreign and finance will remain. They had been appointed shortly before Mr. Mubarak left office in the face of nationwide anti-government protests.

The new Cabinet lineup replaces the oil minister and includes politicians who had been opposed to the former president's rule. It is the first time in decades that opposition members are part of Egypt's Cabinet.

Mr. Mubarak had reshuffled his Cabinet at the end of January in an apparent effort to appease public outrage over his rule. However, he resigned from office on February 11 after widespread protests for more democratic reforms.

On Monday, the Egyptian government moved to freeze the foreign assets of Mr. Mubarak and his family, a fortune said to be worth billions of dollars.

The freeze request issued by the nation's top prosecutor general applies to the former president, his wife and their two sons together with their wives.

Egyptian authorities previously requested a freeze on assets held by a dozen Egyptian officials with close links to the ex-president.

Switzerland already has frozen Mr. Mubarak's bank accounts there.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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