Egypt: Sisi to Reassign Mahlab to Form New Gov't Next Sunday

The president-elect Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi decided to reassign Prime Minister Eng Ibrahim Mahlab to form the new government next Sunday after he is sworn in.

The cabinet reshuffle would include about 23 ministers topped by ministers of Transport, Local Development, Higher Education, Environment, Culture, Manpower, International Cooperation, Finance, Electricity, Petroleum, Supply, Irrigation and Industry.

Defense, Interior, Foreign and Youth ministers would keep their posts in the new government. About 14 ministries would be merged to rationalize expenditures, as the Culture Ministry would be merged with the Antiquities Ministry.

New three ministerial portfolios, namely Ministry for Sinai development, ministry for unplanned areas' development and ministry for Nile would be added to the new government headed by Mahlab.

The new government would witness a rise in the number of youth and women.

The most prominent nominees for the new government are Hani Sari El-Din for the post of Finance Minister and Ahmed Mgahed for the post of Minister of culture.

A number of prominent young leading figures in the Jan 25th and June 30th revolutions would be appointed in different ministries to gain experience to be appointed as ministers in the future.

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