Beblawy picks culture and investment ministers

Former head of the Cairo Opera House Inas Abdel Dayem has accepted an appointment as culture minister following a meeting with interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawy, local media has reported.

Abdel Dayem said she would talk to the press after swearing his oath to office.

Former Tourism Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour has also accepted an offer to lead the Investment Ministry in the new Cabinet, Sky News Arabia reported Sunday.

Beblawy, who was appointed by interim President Adly Mansour last week, had said in earlier statements that the new Cabinet should be ready mid-week.

The current culture minister, Alaa Abdel Aziz, had dismissed Abdel Dayem at the end of May, a decision which helped spark protests by artists and intellectuals that lasted weeks.

Protesters broke into the minister’s office and occupied it, preventing the minister from resuming work.

Abdel Nour served as tourism minister in cabinets under former prime ministers Essam Sharaf and Kamal al-Ganzoury.