Saturday, December 31, 2005


Following the elections, President Hosni Mubarak ordered Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif to form a new cabinet. The reshuffle leaves the Minister for Culture (and minister responsible for the Supreme Council of Antiquities), Farouk Hosni, in his role: " Speaking to Al-Ahram Weekly's Nevine El-Aref yesterday, Hosni said that although he had publicly expressed disinterest in retaining his portfolio, his new mandate would focus on addressing the shortcomings of the past. He promised to dedicate much attention to rural areas, and stressed that new and modern cultural centres will be established. He also noted that much attention would be dedicated to youth, with an eye on rejuvenating cultural activities as part of the educational process. These efforts will run parallel to a host of heritage preservation projects".
See the above page on the Al Ahram Weekly website for the full details of the cabinet reshuffle.

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