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Egypt protest brews as details of new cabinet are leaked

Egypt's military rulers were expected to unveil a new cabinet Tuesday with pro-democracy protesters planning a march to pressure the generals to purge ministers who served under president Hosni Mubarak.

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Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit speaks during a joint press conference with EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton following their meeting in Cairo on Feb. 22, 2011. (Khaled Desouki/Getty Images)

Egypt's military rulers were expected to unveil a new cabinet Tuesday, with pro-democracy protesters planning a march to pressure the generals to purge ministers who served under president Hosni Mubarak.

Leaks of the reshuffle to state media showed key ministers, such as foreign, finance and interior, were unchanged, according to Reuters.

The military struggled has promised free and fair elections in six months.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was in Cairo on Tuesday to offer international aid to help the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces secure a peaceful, swift and orderly transition of power.

"I am certainly looking at ways for us to offer support," Ashton told reporters.

British Prime Minister David Cameron began his tour of the Middle East in Egypt on Monday, becoming the first foreign leader to visit the country since Mubarak's ouster.

Speaking to reporters on route to Cairo, Cameron said he wanted to see “genuine change” in both Egypt and the wider region and that “reform and not repression” was the key to a stable future.

U.S. officials have also offered help. Egypt is key American ally that has a peace treaty with Israel.

Meanwhile, Egypt's foreign Ministry on Monday asked foreign governments for help seizing the ousted president's assets and those of his wife and two sons, and their wives.

Mubarak is said to hold billions of dollars abroad, though a spokesman for the former Egyptian president has denied this.

Since being driven from office, Mubarak has reportedly been residing in the coastal resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, renowned for its sun and scuba diving.

Protesters had demanded that the president be held to account for the corruption that riddled his government after forcing him to leave office on Feb. 11.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/110222/egypt-military-elections-protest