Egypt’s new govt gets to work as Brotherhood calls fresh demos

CAIRO: Egypt’s new caretaker cabinet got down to work on Wednesday faced with a raft of daunting challenges including restoring security, as the Muslim Brotherhood of ousted president Mohamed Morsi vowed fresh demonstrations.

On the interim leaders’ agenda was a series of meetings with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who flew into Cairo Wednesday to press the case for a swift return to democratic rule in Egypt.

The influential Brotherhood, which along with the ultra-conservative Al-Nur party has refused to take part in the new administration, said it had called a new round of pro-Morsi protests in the capital later on Wednesday.

Ashton was to meet interim president Adly Mansour, prime minister Hazem Beblawi, foreign minister Nabil Fahmy and army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general behind the popularly backed coup that overthrew Morsi on July 3.

“I am going to Egypt to reinforce our message that there must be a fully inclusive political process, taking in all groups which support democracy,” Ashton said before arriving.