Egypt names new telecommunications minister

Former telecommunications minister Maged Osman

Egypt swore in a new Minister of Communications and Information Technology on Monday in a cabinet reshuffle aimed towards appeasing protestors who have grown impatient with the speed of reforms in the country.

Hazem Abdel Azim took the oath in front of Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, the military body that is acting as the executive since former President Hosni Mubarak handed over control last February.

Abdel Azim is an industry figure and former computing professor. His academic research focused on “Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and Electronic Computing,” according to a statement released by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT).

He replaces academic Maged Osman, who had held the post since February 2011. A press release from the MCIT said that Azim stressed that the new cabinet is a transitional rather than a caretaker government. During his tenure he would focus on “short-term-high-impact targets.”

Azim is one of 15 new ministers in the cabinet, creating a group in which more than half are newcomers.

Jahd Khalil