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Reshuffled cabinet meets for first time
* Cabinet discusses security, Egyptians fleeing Libya
* New political party being set up (Adds committee progress, corruption inquiry, cabinet talks)
By Marwa Awad and Sarah Mikhail
CAIRO, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Egypt‘s new cabinet met for the first time on Wednesday with security high on its agenda and under attack from the Muslim Brotherhood and others who want it purged of ministers appointed by ousted president Hosni Mubarak.
In preparation for polls that military rulers have promised to hand over power to civilian rule in six months, activists announced the forming of a new political party on Wednesday.
The Brotherhood and other political groups have called for another million-man-march on Friday to fill Cairo‘s central Tahrir Square, which was the nerve-centre for opposition to Mubarak’s 30-year iron rule, to call for a new cabinet.
Banned under Mubarak and playing an increasingly active role in Egyptian political life since the 18-day uprising that toppled Mubarak, the Brotherhood wants the lifting of emergency law, freeing of political prisoners and a purge of the cabinet.
The cabinet discussed setting up a committee for national dialogue, policing, interior ministry services, detainees and the return of Egyptian citizens from strife-torn Libya.
Despite political pressure, further changes in the cabinet are unlikely, political sources said.
Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that is running the Arab world‘s most populous nation, swore in 10 new ministers on Tuesday. Some had opposed Mubarak, but key portfolios such as defence, interior, foreign affairs and justice were unchanged.
In the run-up to presidential and parliamentary elections, a committee is amending the constitution to dismantle the apparatus that propped up Mubarak’s rule and political parties are being registered ahead of the polls.