Egypt’s president reshuffles cabinet

Egyptian President and new Chairman of African Union Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives a press conference during the closure of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on February 11, 2019. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP) (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt’s lawmakers approved Sunday President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s request to reshuffle some ministers in the government of Moustafa Madbouli, state-run MENA news agency reported.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Getty Images)

The move came after the parliament read out, during its general session, a letter by President Sisi on his desire to reshuffle some ministers.

In the new cabinet reshuffle, Khaled Anani was appointed as Tourism and Antiquities minister, Omar Marwan as Justice minister, Hala el Saeed as Planning and Economic Development minister, Rania el Mashat as minister of International Cooperation.

The reshuffle also included Osama Heikal as Minister of State for Information, Mohamed Manar Enaba as Civil Aviation Minister, Nevine Kabbaj as Social Solidarity Minister, Nevine Gamea as Trade and Industry Minister, El Sayed Quseir as Agriculture and Land Reclamation Minister and Alaa El Din Abul Hassan as Minister for Parliamentary Councils Affairs.

In November, Sisi swore in 16 new governors of whom 11 held senior security or army posts before their appointment.

According to the Egyptian constitution, the president can reshuffle the cabinet following consultation with the prime minister and with the approval of parliament by an absolute majority of attendees.