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Sharaf nominates third Egyptian trade minister in less than a week

The new choice of Mahmoud Eissa, former head of quality control at the ministry, follows angry reactions to two previous 'pro-business' candidates

Ahram Online, Thursday 21 Jul 2011
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Egypt's Prime Minister, Essam Sharaf, has appointed a new minister for industry and foreign trade after two consecutive nominees for the same post were dropped over the last two days.

The new minister, Mahmoud Eissa, is a former chairman of the department of quality control at the same ministry, replacing Ahmed Galal, a former World Bank official and managing director of the Economic Research Forum (ERF) for the Middle East, North Africa, Iran and Turkey, who was nominated on Wednesday.

Galal followed another candidate, Ahmed Fikry, who on Tuesday, a day after his nomination, announced he would not be assuming the post because of hostile reactions to the news a businessman would be present in the cabinet.

Prime Minister Essam Sharaf announced on 11 July that he would reshuffle his interimcCabinet as a way to meet the demands of the public, especially those protesting in Tahrir Square for ministry appointments that reflect the aspirations of the people.

 

 

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