Egypt's interim prime minister swears in new cabinet
Police arrests Morsi's son on suspicion of drug possession.
Egypt sworn in a new cabinet on Saturday, days after the country's interim president chose a new prime minister, state television reported.
The new cabinet keeps Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi as the country's defense minister. El-Sissi is widely expected to be running for president.
The country's Interior Minister, in charge of police, also remained in his post.
The cabinet is led by former Housing Minister Ibrahim Mehlib, who held a senior position in the now dissolved party of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
The surprise resignation of the cabinet earlier this week, including then-Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, came a few months before the presidential vote. Mehlib will keep 20 ministers from el-Beblawi's government and appointed 11 new ones, mostly technocrats.
Police arrests Morsi's son
The youngest son of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was detained by police Saturday on suspicion of drug possession, the country's official news agency reported.
The MENA news agency said police detained son Abdullah Morsi, a 20-year old university freshman, after a police patrol found a suspicious car parked on the side of the road in el-Obour city, east of Cairo. Officers found two rolled hashish cigarettes in the car, the agency said.
Investigating police officer Lt. Col. Hazem Saad told the agency that Morsi's son confessed to possession of the hashish — said to be around 5 grams (0.18 ounces). A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said the car's passengers were Morsi's son and a friend.
Abdullah's older brother, Osama, rejected the accusations, calling them fabricated. He said his brother just had been transferred to prosecutors and couldn't have confessed since there hadn't been an interrogation yet.
"This is an attempt to smear our image," Osama Morsi, a lawyer, told to The Associated Press. "Half the members of this government consume alcohol and they are now accusing Morsi's son of consuming a substance that alters consciousness."
Morsi was toppled in a popularly backed military overthrow in July and has been in detention since, facing four separate trials. His family so far has stayed out of legal trouble amid an intensive government crackdown on Morsi supporters and leading members of his group, the Muslim Brotherhood.
On Saturday, the trial of Morsi on charges of inciting the murder of his opponents while in office resumed. During the hearing, prosecutor Ibrahim Saleh said investigators initially interrogated and held Morsi at a naval base in Alexandria, offering the first official confirmation of where the ousted leader spent the first four months following his July 3 ouster. Morsi publicly appeared for the first time in November at the opening of this trial.
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