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Egyptian military protects itself from civilian oversight and guarantees control over economic interests and security policy

03 March 2014


Interim president Adli Mansour on 1 March swore in a new cabinet headed by Ibrahim Mehlib, the former housing minister and senior figure in the now dissolved National Democratic Party (NDP) from the era of former president Hosni Mubarak.

Former prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi's cabinet resigned on 24 February. A total of 20 minsters from Beblawi's cabinet retained their posts, including Defence Minister Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, and 11 new ministers were appointed. On 27 February, Mansour issued a decree reconstituting the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). The SCAF will now be headed by the defence minister instead of the president, and is now comprised of 23 top military leaders.

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