Egypt's cabinet moves to appease protestors

10:50, July 26, 2011      

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Egypt's new cabinet on Monday discussed moves to meet the demands of protestors in order to bring an end to the sit-ins in several cities.

In the first meeting of the crisis management committee, the public prosecution agency announced it had reviewed all cases of killing protestors, and decided to form legal support team of volunteer lawyers to offer legal assistance to the families of the dead, official news agency MENA said.

"All trials of the former regime figures, including former President Hosni Mubarak, will be publicized," said cabinet spokesman Mohamed Hagazy.

The government also pledged to set a minimum wage within one month for all government and public sectors, then to reconsider wage structure in the country.

Minister of State for Local Development Mohammed Attiyah was assigned to prepare a draft law on establishing temporary local councils and to speed up procedures of governors' reshuffle.

"The government asserted the legitimacy of all kinds of peaceful protests and urged citizens to consider the circumstances that the country passes through, which requires quietness and resuming the work cycle to enable the government to achieve the demands and recover the Egyptian economy," said Hagazy.

Under Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, the ministerial committee involved two deputy prime ministers and ministers of justice, interior, information, local development and health.

Egypt's new ministers took the oath of office last Thursday in a move to appease angry protestors over the slow pace of reforms. There were 14 new members in the cabinet.

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