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Monday, July 18, 2011

EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION-II: Egypt PM names new ministers in face of protests!

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By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press / Jul 17, 5:06 PM EDT.

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CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's prime minister named 12 new Cabinet members Sunday in a reshuffle under pressure from protesters demanding a purge of remnants of the former regime, state television reported.

A lawyer for Hosni Mubarak, meanwhile, said the ousted president had suffered a stroke and was in a coma - a claim that was quickly denied by Mubarak's lead doctor.

The former president is set to face trial in about two weeks on charges he ordered the killings of protesters during the 18-day uprising that ousted him on Feb. 11. A conviction could carry the death penalty and activists suspect his lawyer may be using health problems as a ruse to sway public opinion and perhaps even win amnesty.

State TV dubbed the new government lineup the "Revolution Cabinet." Most of the ministers were relative newcomers, clearly a way to avoid further criticism by the protesters.

Thousands of Egyptians have returned to Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egypt's uprising, complaining that change has come too slow under the military council that took over power.

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