Egypt’s new military-backed interim cabinet headed by prominent economist Hazim al-Biblawi was sworn in on 16 July after a night of street violence. The next day Islamists tried to storm a meeting of the new cabinet but failed.

The new 34-member cabinet is a mixture of political figures, academics and highly-educated technocrats, including three women, three Christians and a few Islamists, but not representatives of the main Islamist groups, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Freedom Party (JFP) and the Salafi Nour Party, who refused to participate. (CONTINUED - 373 WORDS)