Egyptian caretaker government to reshuffle soon: PM

10:45, February 20, 2011      

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Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said Saturday a reshuffle will soon be carried out in his caretaker government.

The reshuffle will be presented to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces for approval in conformity with the law, Egyptian official news agency quoted Shafiq's words at a meeting with the country's chief editors, reporters and some other media staff.

Meanwhile, Shafiq said the government will soon release 222 political prisoners and will also mull over setting free a small group of detainees who were arrested during the anti-government protests across Egypt since Jan. 25.

The prime minister said any action concerning news reports on the wealth of ousted President Hosni Mubarak is the responsibility of Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Ahmed Shafiq, a former civil aviation minister and Air Force commander, was appointed by Mubarak at the end of January as the prime minister after the previous cabinet led by Mohamed Nazif resigned.

Shafiq was tasked to form a cabinet that can introduce democratic reforms to meet people's demands and alleviate economic burdens on the public.

Source: Xinhua
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