Controversial Mubarak figure sworn in as transport minister
Former Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi
 

Seemingly undaunted by his past, Ibrahim al-Demery was sworn in as transport minister on Monday, after having been fired from that post after a tragic train crash that occurred during his tenure in 2002.

A contentious addition to interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi’s Cabinet, Demery was transport minister under former President Hosni Mubarak, in PM Atef Ebeid’s Cabinet.

In one of the worst train disasters in Egypt, in 2002 a train’s rear carriages caught fire, but continued to move until the driver finally became aware of the blaze and stopped near al-Ayyat. The 2002 incident claimed the lives of over 300 people, some of whom were burnt alive.

Adel Abdel Hamid was also sworn in as justice minister on Monday.

Beblawi’s Cabinet will be tasked with managing the country’s transition period following President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster by the Armed Forces on July 3.

The final list of ministers includes politicians and technocrats, figures from the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak, and liberal and revolutionary figures.

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