20 Apr '13, 11pm
Egypt's Mursi says to reshuffle cabinet 'soon' - The Straits Times - Straits Times
CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi said on Saturday he will "soon" announce a cabinet reshuffle, but it is unlikely to meet opposition demands for an overhaul of the government. Mr Mursi, under strong pressure from the opposition to sack Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, told Al-Jazeera news channel: "There will be ministerial changes soon and they will affect several ministries." But the Islamist president denied he was acting under pressure. "The goal is to achieve general welfare on the ground, in light of the changes we see," he told the Qatar-based television station. A senior presidential aide earlier said Morsi could announce the changes by the end of the week, which in Egypt will be on Thursday. "There will be six to eight ministers, and wide-ranging changes among (provincial) governors," he said.