Egypt's parliament agrees to cabinet reshuffle of 13 ministerial portfolios after Sisi's call for extraordinary session

Ahram Online , Saturday 13 Aug 2022

Egypt's lower house of parliament – the House of Representatives – agreed Saturday to a cabinet reshuffle that compromises 13 ministerial portfolios following a call from the Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi earlier in the day to hold an extraordinary session for voting.



The following are the new ministers approved by the House of Representatives on Saturday:

  • Minister of Education and Technical Education Reda Hegazy
  • Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Hany Sweilam
  • Minister of Health and Population Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar
  • Minister of Higher Education Mohamed Ayman Ashour
  • Minister of Emigration and Expatriates Affairs Soha Samir
  • Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Ahmed Eissa Taha
  • Minister of Trade and Industry Ahmed Samir Mahmoud
  • Minister of Civil Aviation Mohamed Abbas
  • Minister of Manpower Hassan Mohamed Shehata
  • Minister of Culture Nevine El-Kilany
  • Minister of Local development Hisham Amna
  • Minister of Public Business Sector Mahmoud Mostafa Esmat
  • Minister of Military Production Mohamed Salah El-Din

The new ministers are expected to swear-in on Sunday.

“I called on the House of Representatives to convene to discuss a ministerial reshuffle in a number of ministries... following deliberation with the prime minister,” the Egyptian president said on his social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

According to El-Sisi’s short statement, the decision to reshuffle the cabinet is aimed at revitalising governmental performance on important issues internally and abroad in order to protect the state’s interests and services provided to Egyptian citizens.

Late Friday, the House of Representatives announced that it called on its 596 members to convene at 12pm Cairo local time in an extraordinary session Saturday to look into an undisclosed “urgent matter” amid reports of a possible cabinet reshuffle.

Egypt's House of Representatives adjourned the sessions of its second legislative season on 5 July and is currently on a three-month summer recess. The 2021-2026 house is scheduled to hold its third legislative season in the first week of October.

Article 129 of House of Representatives’ bylaws states that if the president decides to reshuffle the cabinet, they must send a message to the house notifying members of its decision, and if the president's decision comes while the house is in summer recess the house should hold an extraordinary meeting to discuss and vote the president's decision.

The president's decision must be approved by two-thirds majority of MPs in order to pass in the house.

The last ministerial reshuffle in Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly’s cabinet was in December 2019.

This is the third reshuffle in the cabinet of Madbouly, who has been serving as the premier since June 2018.

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