Egyptian MP Bakry says Cabinet reshuffle expected within days

Ahram Online , Sunday 23 Oct 2016

Media reports also suggested an imminent cabinet changes would take place amid public dissatisfaction with the performance of several ministries

Mostafa Bakry

Egyptian MP Mostafa Bakry said on Sunday that a ministerial reshuffle is expected to take place in "the coming few days," Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The reported shake-up would include at least 10 out of the cabinet's 34 ministries, the parliamentarian who is known to be close to authorities, told reporters on Sunday.

Several media reports have also recently suggested an imminent cabinet reshuffle would take place amid public dissatisfaction with the performance of several ministries, mainly those responsible for public services.

The reports said that the restructuring will occur following the parliament's forthcoming review of the government's biannual performance report.

In late August, the Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi resigned amid a high-profile corruption case involving wasting public funds intended to subsidise the country's costly wheat program.

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail dismissed at the time reports suggesting a possible limited cabinet reshuffle.

The last government shake-up took place in March in when ten ministers, mainly those with economic portfolios, were replaced.

The March changes included the ministers of tourism, finance, investment, justice, civil aviation, irrigation, human resource, antiquities and transportation, and a new ministry for public business sector was created.

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