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Egyptian President reshuffles government with 20 new ministers

Cairo, Jul 3 (Prensa Latina) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi today swore in the new government presented by Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly with 30 portfolios, 20 of them with new heads, including Defense and Foreign Affairs.

As part of the reshuffle, the Ministries of Transportation and Industry were merged, now headed by Kamel El-Wazir, as well as that of International Cooperation and Planning and Economic Development, headed by Rania Al-Mashat.

The ministries of Emigration and Expatriate Affairs and Foreign Affairs, which will be headed by diplomat Badr Abdelatty, were also merged.

In Defense, Lieutenant General Abdel-Mequid Saqr was appointed, while Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar will continue to head the Health and Population portfolio, and Amr Talaat will continue to head the Communications and Information Technology portfolio.

In the midst of the economic difficulties faced by the country due to the convulsive regional and international crisis, the Ministries of Finance, Ahmed Kouchouk; Local Development, Manal Awad Mikhail; Supply and Domestic Trade, Sherif Farouk, and Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Karim Badawi, were renewed.

The changes are part of the ministerial reshuffle following the start of El-Sisi’s new term in office last April, after winning the presidential elections held in December last year.

The president also swore in the 27 provincial governors on Wednesday, 19 of whom took office for the first time.