Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil has formed his country’s new government, with several of the outgoing cabinet’s ministers retaining their positions.
Qandil had stated that he would pick the ministers based on their competence.
As the prime minister and president meet with the new cabinet on Wednesday, names of ministers are trickling out to the media.
On Tuesday new Prime Minister Hisham Qandil met president Morsi who reviewed the final list of names chosen by the PM to form the new cabinet.
Two members of the Freedom and Justice Party have been named as ministers.
Mostafa Mosaad, the education minister, is an engineering professor, who was responsible for the educational policy of Morsi's presidential campaign. Engineer Tarek Wafiq head of the housing committee within the Freedom and Justice party has been appointed housing minister.
Meanwhile, the ministry of communication will be headed by engineer Hani Mahmoud former head of the Information Centre of the cabinet, while Bahaa El-Din will head the water resources and irrigation ministry of which he previously served as deputy.
The ministry of tourism is to be headed by Hisham Zaezou, who has served in this capacity before, although not in the previous government of Kamal El-Ganzouri.
Al least six ministers of Ganzouri's Cabinet will retain their seats: Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr and Finance Minister Mumtaz al-Said, Nadia Zakhary minister of scientific research, Nagwa Khalil minister of insurance and social affairs, and Mohamed Ibrahim as minister of antiquities. Head of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) Hussein Tantawi is also to keep his post of minister of defence in the new cabinet. He has served as defence minister since 1991, under seven different governments.
Qandil met with potential members of the new cabinet on Wednesday morning, including General Ahmed Zaki nominated for minister of local development, Abdel-Qawi Khalifa nominated for the new ministry of drinking water and sewage.
Also meeting with the PM were Osama Saleh head of the General Authority for Investments to head the ministry of investment, and Mahmoud Balbaa' head of the Holding Company to head the ministry of electricity and energy.
President of Al-Azhar University Osama Abd has been chosen to head the ministry of religious endowments – Awqaf. This contradicts an earlier announcement by Salafi preacher Mohamed Yosri Ibrahim claiming that he had accepted the post.
Former football player Alaa Abdel-Sadek has been appointed to head the newly-formed ministry of sports. The new minister of interior will be General Ahmed Gamal El-Din, assistant of former minister of interior and director of the public security authority.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Rashad, an engineering professor at Cairo University, has been appointed minister of transport.
Abou-Zeid Mohamed Abou-Zeid, vice president of a food industries holding company, will be appointed as minister of supply and social affairs replacing the leftist economics professor Gouda Abdel Khalek who declined working in the new government.
The ministry of parliamentary affairs will be headed by Mohamed Mahsoub, a high board member of the centrist Muslim Brotherhood splinter group, Al-Wasat Party, and a member of the Constituent Assembly, which is charged with drafting Egypt's new constitution
Salah Abdel-Moamen, head of the Agricultural Research Centre has been appointed as minister of agriculture and land cultivation.
The new cabinet members will take the oath before President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday.