“By the majority of members,” the Egyptian House of Representatives approved, in yesterday’s session, a cabinet reshuffle, the first in three years, that included 13 portfolios. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said that he aims to “develop government performance.”
The ministerial reshuffle included the appointment of: Dr. Reda Hegazy as Minister of Education and Technical Education, Dr. Hani Swailem as Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar as Minister of Health, Dr. Muhammad Ayman Ashour as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Suha Samir Nashed as Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Affairs Abroad. Ahmed Issa Taha, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ahmed Samir, Minister of Industry, Muhammad Abbas Hilmi Hashem, Minister of Civil Aviation, Hassan Mohamed Shehata, Minister of Manpower, Dr. Nevin Al Kilani, Minister of Culture, Major General Hisham Abdel Ghani Amna, Minister of Local Development, and Mahmoud Kamal Esmat, Minister of Public Business Sector. and Major General Mohamed Mohamed Salah El-Din, Minister of Military Production.
The Egyptian President had called on the House of Representatives to convene to discuss the amendment of a number of ministerial portfolios that were agreed to be changed after consulting with the Prime Minister, and said in a statement posted on his accounts on social media, that the amendment “aims to develop government performance in some important files at both levels.” The internal and external, which contribute to protecting the interests of the state and its capabilities, and directly affect the services provided to the Egyptian citizen, for whom we all work.”
However, human rights lawyer and member of the National Dialogue Board of Trustees, Nejad Al-Borai, considered the amendment “a continuation of the existing policies,” and he said in a tweet on his personal account on Twitter, “Any amendment does not include changing the existing policies with regard to rights and public freedoms, and freedoms of expression, In addition to a new vision of economic policy, it will not work,” adding: “Changing people while continuing the same policies is not helpful.”