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Egypt names new foreign minister

Egypt named its former ambassador to the United Nations, Nabil al-Arabi as foreign minister.

Cairo: Egypt on Sunday named its former
ambassador to the United Nations, Nabil al-Arabi, as foreign
minister in the latest move to purge the cabinet of members of
toppled president Hosni Mubarak`s regime.

"Nabil al-Arabi said he has accepted the foreign
ministry portfolio during this critical time in the history of
Egypt," the state-run MENA news agency reported.

Arabi replaces Ahmed Abul Gheit, who had been in the
job since 2004.

A respected judge who served at the International
Court of Justice in 2001, Arabi said he had already met with
new Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and discussed "Arab and
African affairs."

Arabi`s name was among 25 proposed by a coalition of
youth movements behind the uprising that overthrew Mubarak,
which also included Sharaf.

Nationwide protests that erupted on January 25 to
demand economic and political change left at least 384 dead
and over 6,000 injured.

Sharaf, who was appointed on Thursday after
demonstrations against the presence of Mubarak`s associates in
the caretaker government running affairs since the former
president`s departure, vowed to work for a democratic


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