Egyptian state media disclosed the broad outlines of the country’s new cabinet Wednesday, August 1, selections that suggest President Mohamed Morsi is unwilling or unable to assemble the kind of dynamic, politically diverse governing team many voters had hoped for, The Washington Post
reported. The list of 18 nominees includes mostly low-profile technocrats and officials who served under ousted president Hosni Mubarak. The government is expected to announce the complete list of 30 nominees Thursday. The names announced so far include only two figures with strong ties to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, which engineered Morsi’s upset victory in June. Morsi has come under increasing criticism for taking so long to form a cabinet as labor protests and economic problems have intensified in recent weeks.