Cairo: An emergency session of parliament on Saturday approved several cabinet changes in Egypt’s first major reshuffle since 2019, which saw 13 ministers move, the National Media Authority reported.
said in a statement Lok Sabha approved “all nominations set out in a letter from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi regarding the ministerial reshuffle”.
Sisi’s official Facebook page said the president had urged parliament to discuss changes to the more than 30-strong cabinet, which were agreed upon after discussions with the prime minister. Mustafa Madbouli,
There has been only one reshuffle in 2018 since Madbouli took office in December 2019.
After parliamentary approval, new ministers are now likely to take oath.
The major defence, interior, finance or foreign ministries are not included in the reshuffle.
But it appoints new ministers of health, tourism and antiquities, commerce and industry, irrigation, civil aviation, immigration, education, higher education, military production, manpower, the public business sector, culture and local development.
Decision to replace outgoing irrigation minister Mohamed Abdel Atyu It comes just a day after Addis Ababa announced that it had completed the third filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
The Ethiopian water project damming the Nile is proceeding without agreement from the downstream countries of Egypt and Sudan.
The new irrigation minister is Hani Sevillem, a professor of sustainable development and water resource management at the American University in Cairo.
He assumed office amid growing apprehensions over water security and an impending water crisis.
Other notable swaps include tourism and antiquities. Khalid Anani He is credited with several high-profile efforts to revive Egypt’s important tourism industry, and is succeeded by Ahmed Issa Abu Hussein.
The health department has been filled since October by acting minister Khalid Abdel Ghaffar.
Abdel Ghaffar’s former post of higher education minister will be filled by his deputy, Ayman Ashour.
Another notable appointment is the Egyptian Air Force Chief. Mohamed Abbas HelmiWhich takes the civil aviation portfolio.