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New Egypt cabinet includes women, Christians

CAIRO -- Egypt's interim leader swore in a cabinet yesterday that included women and Christians but no Islamists as the military-backed administration moved swiftly to formalize the new political order and present a more liberal face that is markedly at odds with the deposed president and his supporters.

New clashes killed seven people as bloodshed continues following the armed forces coup that swept President Mohammed Morsi from office and cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood.

The military already wields great influence behind the scenes, and the army chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who ousted Morsi on July 3, became a first deputy prime minister in addition to keeping his post as defense minister.

For most of the two years since the overthrow of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, the country has been split into two camps -- one led by Morsi, his Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies, and another led by secular Egyptians, liberals, Christians and moderate Muslims. The fault lines remain, except that the Islamist camp is no longer in power.

Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, an economist in his 70s, leads the government of 33 other ministers sworn in by interim President Adly Mansour.

Women received three posts, including the powerful information and health ministries.

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei has already been installed as Mansour's vice president.

Riots broke out overnight with police firing volleys of tear gas at protesters, who burned tires, threw rocks and blocked traffic in the heart of the capital. Seven people were killed and 261 injured in the clashes in four different sites in Cairo.

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