Arab States Weekly Review July 28th – Aug 3rd 2012

Clashes continued in Aleppo, Syria’s second city, between rebels and government forces, while Damascus remained in government hands.

Hisham Qandil was appointed as prime minister of Egypt, and announced a cabinet of largely technocrats and a few Islamists. The existing foreign and finance ministers remain on board, while Field Marshall Tantawi was named defence minister.

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