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The prime minister named a new Cabinet Tuesday, including a newly created human rights post, to lead Algeria out of a state of emergency and prepare for the country's first multiparty parliamentary vote.

The appointment of two women to the Cabinet represents a direct challenge to Muslim fundamentalists whose protest campaign led to violence and to the June 5 state of emergency decree.The fundamentalists believe women should stay at home and not hold important jobs that put them in the public eye.

Leila Aslaoui, a judge and women's rights activist, was named minister of youth and sports; Nafissa Lalliam, a professor of medicine, was named health minister.

The 29-member Cabinet named by Prime Minister Sid Ahmed Ghozali includes six members of the previous government.