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Monday, 15 January 2018

Limited cabinet reshuffle sees four new ministers appointed

Limited cabinet shuffle sees four new ministers appointed: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi swore in four new cabinet ministers yesterday in a very modest shakeup that thankfully left in place the cabinet economic group — the architects of the Ismail government’s economic reform program.

Those joining cabinet are:

  • Former Central Bank of Egypt monetary policy sub-governor Rania El Mashat was appointed Tourism Minister, succeeding Yehia Rashed;
  • Khaled Badawy was appointed Public Enterprises Minister, succeeding Ashraf El Sharkawy;
  • State-statistics agency CAPMAS head Abu Bakr El Gendy succeeds Hesham El Sherif as Local Development Minister;
  • Dean of Cairo Conservatory Inas Abdel Daim is now the Culture Minister, succeeding Helmy El Namnam.

Also announced with the shuffle was the appointment of Assem El Gazzar as Deputy Housing Minister and Tarek Tawfik as Deputy Health Minister. The appointments were speedily approved by the House of Representatives, but the decision came straight from Ittihadiya, according to House spokesperson Salah Hassaballah.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail remains in office, with sources confirming that he will continue to lead the government for the time being. Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly will continue to serve as interim PM while Ismail recovers from surgery.

Please correct us if we are mistaken, but by our count, the current cabinet has the largest representation of women in Egypt’s history. The story is making international headlines with coverage on Reuters and Bloomberg, among others.

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