A new Egyptian cabinet promised by embattled President Hosni Mubarak was unveiled on Monday, comprising a largely unchanged lineup but without widely hated interior minister Habib al-Adly or any businessmen.
State television showed images of the new ministers being sworn in and shaking hands with Mubarak.
Absent were Adly and the finance and culture ministers of the previous cabinet. Adly’s axing was one of the demands of protesters who have for a week demanded the ouster of Mubarak and his regime. They have also called for an end to corruption and oppression.
The fact that tycoons close to the regime play an important role in politics is seen in Egypt as a sign of corruption.