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Sunday, 2 September 2018

20 new governors, including first Coptic Christian woman, sworn in

20 new governors sworn in, including first Coptic Christian woman to run a governorate: 20 new governors were sworn in on Thursday in the widest shuffle since 2011, Al Masry Al Youm reported. Governorates headed by new faces include Giza, Luxor, Aswan, Qena, Suez, Marsa Matrouh, Menoufiya, Ismailia, Fayoum, Beheira, and Alexandria, among others, according to Youm7. The shuffle also saw the appointment of Manal Mikhail as Damietta’s new governor, making her Egypt’s first-ever Coptic Christian woman governor, according to Asharq Al-Awsat.

Some of the governors called into the talk shows last night to discuss their mandates. These includedQaliubiya governor Alaa Abdel Halim, who said that the new governors were ordered by President El Sisi to improve public services (especially sanitation, health and education) and address traffic problems (watch, runtime: 5:51).

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