3 Aug 2012

New Egyptian cabinet sworn in

1:15 pm on 3 August 2012

Egypt's new cabinet has been sworn in by President Mohammed Mursi at a ceremony in Cairo.

The ministers were selected by Prime Minister-designate Hisham Qandil, who earlier called for Egyptians to rally behind "a people's government."

Only four ministers from the Muslim Brotherhood were among them. They were given posts in higher education, housing, youth and information - the ministry which regulates the media.

Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who ruled Egypt after President Hosni Mubarak was deposed last year, remains as defence minister.

The military retains broad powers, including legislative authority.

Former prime minister Kamal Ganzouri becomes a presidential adviser.

The BBC reports Mr Mursi has been criticised for the time he has taken to name a prime minister and form a government.

He promised an inclusive government, with women and Christians represented. The cabinet includes only two women - one of them is a Christian.

At a news conference in Cairo before the ceremony, Mr Qandil appealed for Egyptians to pull together to support the new government.

''I call on all Egyptians to rally behind our elected president and to work with the government to achieve all of our goals.

''We have to stop asking who is a Copt, a Muslim or a Salafi. I don't see that. All I see is that we are all Egyptians and this should be the main principle."