Sissi picks housing minister Mustafa Madbuli to form new government

The Esmail cabinet resigned on Tuesday, days after Al Sissi was sworn in for 2nd term in office

Cairo: Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al Sissi Thursday tasked incumbent Housing Minister Mustafa Madbuli with forming a new government, state television reported, days after the Egyptian leader began a second presidential term in office.

On Tuesday, outgoing Prime Minister Sharif Esmail submitted the resignation of his government to Al Sissi, who asked the government to remain in office until a new cabinet is formed.

Esmail was named a prime minister in September 2015.

Madbuli, 52, has been a housing minister since February 2014. Late last year, he temporarily acted as a prime minister after Esmail left Egypt for Germany on a medical trip.

According to the Egyptian constitution, the new government has to be approved by the parliament that is led by Al Sissi’s backers.

On Saturday, Al Sissi took the oath of office after his re-election with a landslide in March. The new government will pursue an ambitious economic reform programme that entails cuts in fuel subsidy.

Al Sissi, who has been in office since 2014, has repeatedly defended the harsh reforms as necessary to heal the Egyptian economy battered by the unrest that followed the 2011 uprising.


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