11 new ministers sworn before President Al-Sisi in cabinet reshuffle

Sarah El-Sheikh
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Eleven new ministers were sworn in before President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Sunday, shortly after a limited cabinet reshuffle approved by parliament.

The reshuffle included the return of the Ministry of Information, some replacements, and the merge of two ministries.

In addition, 11 new deputy ministers were hired for ministries of telecommunication, health, education, higher education, civil aviation, agriculture, population, and tourism.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly remained at his post, but was appointed to the responsibility Investment Affairs and Administrative Reform inside the government. In addition, current Minister of Planning Hala Al-Said remained in her post, and the newly formed Economic Development portfolio was added to the ministry.

The Minister of Antiquities Khaled Anany is to take over the Tourism portfolio, after both ministries of antiquities and tourism have been merged.

Besides, the Minister of Tourism Rania Al-Mashat was appointed as the Minister of International Cooperation and former Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Omar Marwan was reappointed as Minister of Justice.

Former deputy of minister of social solidarity Nevine Kabbage was appointed as minister of social solidarity, succeeding  Ghada Wali, who was hired as Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in November.

Former Chairperson of the Agriculture Bank of Egypt Elsayed Elkosayer is now the minister of agriculture, succeeding former Minister Ezz El-Din Abu Steit.

The former chairperson of the Egypt Air training academy Mohamed Manar was appointed as the new minister of civil aviation, while Senior legal advisor at Public Prosecution Alaa El-Din Fouad was appointed as the new minister of parliamentary councils.

The reshuffle returned the ministry of information after five years of abolishment. Former Head of parliamentary committee Media and Culture Osama Heikal was appointed as the new minister of state for media affairs. Heikal ran the post of information in 2011.

Late November, Al-Sisi sworn in 16 new provincial governors and 13 deputy governors. The majority of the newly appointed governors served in the Armed Forces or the Ministry of Interior. For the deputies, many of them are graduates of the presidential youth programme and the new state academy for youth training.

The last cabinet reshuffle announced was in 2018, when six female ministers were appointed in the cabinet, along with another two, now representing nearly 25% of the cabinet for the first time in Egypt’s history.

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