Ten new ministers will take the oath of office before Prime Minister Hesham Qandil in a Cabinet reshuffle Sunday, following Morsy's announcement of a new Cabinet in December after the new Constitution was passed.
The new ministers include former prison department head Mohamed Ibrahim as interior minister, Omar Salem as minister of legal affairs and parliamentary councils, Atef Helmy as minister of communications, Mohamed Ali Beshr as minister of local development, Ahmed Imam as minister of electricity, Hatem Abdel Latif as minister of transportation, Wael al-Maddawy as minister of civil aviation, Khaled Mohamed Fahmy Abdel Aal as minister of environment, Morsy Hegazy as minister of finance and Bassem Kamal as minister of supply and social affairs.
Sources from the Finance Ministry have said that Hegazy belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, describing him as "Brother to the core." They also said that Hegazy is a professor of economics and finance at Alexandria University, but that aside from that he is unknown within ministry circles.
Beshr, nominated for the Ministry of Local Development and previously selected as governor of Monufiya by Morsy, is a leading Brotherhood figure in the governorate. He was previously imprisoned after a military trial for his affiliation with the group under former President Hosni Mubarak's regime.
Mohamed al-Shahat, a media adviser to the Transportation Ministry, told Al-Ahram newspaper that Abdel Latif, nominee for Minister of Transportation, is a professor of transportation planning and traffic engineering who received his PhD in 1990.
Abdel Latif is also a United Nations-recognized expert in the field of transportation and traffic, and the independent Youm7 quoted informed sources as saying that Abdel Latif is a leader within the brotherhood.
Cabinet Spokesperson Alaa al-Hadidy told the Mehwar satellite channel Saturday that positions for the new Cabinet were not assigned based on party affiliations, describing the Cabinet as "technocratic."
Hadidy added that recent political instability and protests have greatly affected Egypt's economy and its tourism trade specifically, as well as it's international standing, which in turn has been reflected by the country's currency slide.
Hadidy also referred that security is one of the Cabinet's top priorities.
Qandil contacted outgoing ministers Saturday to thank them for their work while in office.Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)