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Change in cabinet is always on the table: Egypt's PM Mahlab

After public criticism of his performance by President El-Sisi, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab responds to rumours of an imminent reshuffle, saying 'change is always possible'

Ahram Online , Thursday 11 Jun 2015
Egypt President El-Sisi and PM Mahlab
Egypt President El-Sisi and PM Mahlab (Photo: Al-Ahram)

‎“I don’t have any information about a coming cabinet reshuffle,” said Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab Wednesday, commenting on speculation that he himself might leave office ‎sometime soon.

Reports have circulated recently in the Egyptian media of a possible cabinet reshuffle as ‎President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday publicly criticised a number of ministers, including ‎Mahlab.

While addressing news cameras during a visit to open various new public projects, and in the presence of the prime minister, El-Sisi took issue with Mahlab's performance in office. opening the door to speculation of an upcoming cabinet ‎reshuffle.

"You promised me you will perform like a 'bulldozer' which opens roads. ‎But where is this bulldozer?" El-Sisi wondered.

‎Mahlab, in a special interview with Amr Abdel-Hameed on the privately-owned TEN TV, did not ‎deny or confirm the possibility of changes in at least some of the portfolios in his ‎government.

“Change is always a possibility,” Mahlab said. ‎

However, when asked about media reports that quoted "informed sources" about a possible change in guard in the coming weeks, the prime minister said he had no information.

”You need to ‎ask the media,"he said, adding that anyone can leave his post at any time, “if it is in the public ‎interest.”

In March 2014, former Interim President Adly Mansour appointed Mahlab prime ‎minister after his serving briefly as minister of housing.‎

El-Sisi kept Mahlab on after he won the presidential elections in June 2014.

In March 2015, El-Sisi made a limited cabinet reshuffle but retained Mahlab as prime minister. 

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