President Sisi Swears In New Egypt Government: State Media

The President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi swore in a new government on Saturday that included 15 new ministers, a week after the previous administration resigned following a corruption scandal, state media reported.

Sharif Ismail, a former petroleum minister seen as a veteran technocrat, will serve as prime minister.

Former premier Ibrahim Mahlab's government resigned on September 12 days after the arrest of agriculture minister Salah Helal as part of a corruption probe.

It had also come under growing criticism for delays in economic projects.

A senior government official had told AFP the reshuffle, the first major shake-up since Sisi won elections last year, was meant to "pump new blood" into the government.

The ministers of foreign affairs, defence, interior, justice and finance have kept their positions in the new cabinet.

( AFP )
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