Egypt's 25-30 parliamentary bloc has rejected what it referred to as a “marginal and nominal” cabinet reshuffle approved by parliament on Tuesday, which the bloc said would not lead to substantive change.
Parliament approved in a majority vote a cabinet reshuffle that appointed nine new ministers, mainly in ministries related to public services and the economy.
The reshuffle included new ministers for the portfolios of agriculture, parliamentary affairs, local development, planning and administrative reform, education, higher education, and transport.
The 25-30 bloc, which consists of a group of independent opposition MPs, said in a statement on Wednesday that it was surprised by the cabinet reshuffle, which it said merely involved the replacing of ministers without announcing real plans, policies or a timeframe for ending to the country’s social and economic crisis.
“The ministers were chosen according to the same policies that caused the crisis in the first place,” the statement said.
“Our MPs are sworn to respect the constitution and protect the interests of the common and poor people of Egypt, which is why we announce our rejection of these changes.”
On the other hand, the cabinet reshuffle was hailed by the majority parliamentary bloc Support Egypt, which called on all its members in a meeting on Monday to vote in favour of the reshuffle.
The Support Egypt bloc was formed and officially recognised in parliament in May 2016 as the majority coalition, including 317 MPs (52 percent).
It comprises 216 independents and 101 MPs affiliated with seven political parties.