Mohamed ElBaradei was officially sworn in on Sunday after the presidency clarified this morning that he will serve as vice president for international relations, not for foreign affairs.
In initial cabinet formations, Ambassador Nabil Fahmy confirmed to the state-run Middle East News Agency that he accepted the post of minister of foreign affairs. Fahmy has previously been an ambassador to the United States and to Japan, and he is the founder of the School of International Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo.
Hesham Zaazou was retained as tourism minister, a position he had filled from 2012 to 2013. Zaazou was one of the few ministers not affiliated to an Islamist party. The Ministry of Finance will also now be headed by Ahmed Galal, managing director of the Economic Research Forum.
Newly appointed Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi began consulting the various public figures who have been nominated to fill the ministerial posts in the new government on Sunday.
Beblawi suggested in a short press conference on Saturday that the new government would include 30 ministers and two deputy prime ministers, one for economic affairs and the second for security.
He also said that the Social Solidarity Ministry — desbanded in former Prime Minister Hesham Qandil’s Cabinet — would be revived, and that the Information Ministry would be retained despite suggestions that it be abolished.
Gouda Abdel Khalek, the former minister of social solidarity, has declined to return to his former position.
Media personality Doreya Sharaf Eddin’s name was tipped to take the helm of the Information Ministry. She said that while she was honored to be offered the post she was still considering it, acknowledging that it is a particularly critical position during the transitional period Egypt is undergoing.
MENA has confirmed that Mohamed Kamel Amr, the foreign minister, has declined to stay in the post in Beblawi’s government. He said the Foreign Ministry needs new leadership after June 30.
Beblawi also met Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, the dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies and a member of the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar’s technical office, who is a candidate for the Ministry of Endowments, and Amr Shobaki, a former member of the dissolved parliament and a PhD in political science, the current candidate to head the Ministry of Higher Education.
Media reports also suggested that Kamal Abu Eita, president of the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions, is a candidate for the manpower ministry. Abu Eita is a former member of parliament.
Reports also suggest that Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, former tourism minister and secretary general of the National Salvation Front, would be appointed investment minister.