Egypt’s new cabinet led by Sharif Ismail takes oath

The same day, Sisi ordered Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Sherif Ismail to form the new government.


It is left without a parliament and an interim cabinet following former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb’s decision to resign his government on 12 September. Mahlab’s 31-member government was sworn in March 2014 and tasked with organising a presidential election which Sisi, the previous army chief, won in May of that year. Ministers of foreign affairs, defense, interior, justice and finance have their office remained.

Sisi asked the government to carry on in a caretaker role until a new administration is formed in the most populous Arab country.

“The changes happened only in the service ministries to absorb the anger of the citizens and to show some improvements in the ministries which tackle their daily life problems”, Norhan al-Seikh, a professor of political studies at Cairo University, said. The new chamber can reject al-Sisi’s choice for prime minister, according to the country’s constitution. “Even the new ministers used to be ministers before”. A vehicle bomb killed Sadeq’s predecessor Hisham Barakat in an upscale Cairo neighbourhood over two months ago, in the first assassination of a senior official in 25 years. In its absence, Sisi holds legislative authority and has passed dozens of laws by decree. However, it is unlikely to present the president with any sustained opposition and will probably be dominated by Sisi loyalists and weak and fractured political parties that have generally backed him.


Egypt, whose governments have long been plagued by corruption allegations, has been in turmoil since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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