Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Thursday swore in a new cabinet made up largely of technocrats, with former military ruler, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, keeping his post as defense minister in the new cabinet.

Television footage showed Morsi swearing in members of the government, his first since he took office on June 30.

Six other ministers were retained from the previous government including Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr.

The new 35-strong cabinet comprises 28 newcomers including four from Morsi's influential Muslim Brotherhood.

The new Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said that "competence" was the key criteria in choosing members of the cabinet.

He told reporters that revitalizing the national economy and bringing security back to the country's streets would be his government's priorities.

Egypt has been gripped by turmoil in the wake of a popular revolt that forced Hosny Mubarak from power last year.

The cabinet includes four newly created ministries of drinking-water, investment, sports and youth.

Shortly before the swearing-in ceremony, Qandil named two new ministers for the portfolios of civil aviation and sports, reported the state-run newspaper Al Ahram.
The Interior Ministry went to a security stalwart, Major General Security Ahmed Gamal al-Din.

Salah Abdul-Maqsud, a journalist and a Brotherhood member, was appointed as information minister who will control public radio and television broadcasting in Egypt.

His appointment is set to trigger fears that Islamists seek to dominate the country's media.

Morsi, Egypt's first elected civilian president, appointed former prime minister Kamal al-Ganzouri as a presidential advisor, reported state media.

Al-Ganzouri was named in November by the army to head the government, a post he held until this week.