New Egyptian cabinet sworn in

  • Egypt's new cabinet has been sworn in by President Mohammed Mursi in the capital Cairo.

    Prime Minister-designate Hisham Qandil selected the ministers.

    Only four ministers from Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood were given posts while Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who ruled the country after Hosni Mubarak was ousted, retained his titles as defence minister.

    Mursi has been criticized for failing to live up to his pledge of forming an inclusive government with women and Christians represented. The cabinet line-up includes just two women, one of whom is Christian.

    The new government’s main priority will be to boost Egypt’s waning economy.

    Qandil is due to hold a meeting with members of his government on Saturday to discuss seeking an International Monetary Fund loan.