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Egypt swears in 10 new ministers

Egypt swears in 10 new ministers

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday swore in 10 new ministers in a cabinet reshuffle, as Egypt struggles to revive an economy battered by falling tourism revenues and foreign investments.

The government shake-up — mainly of economic portfolios — comes just six months after Sisi inaugurated a new administration led by Prime Minister Sharif Ismail, following the resignation of the previous cabinet after a corruption scandal.

The ministers of tourism, finance, investment, justice, civil aviation, irrigation, human resource and antiquities were replaced, and a new ministry for public works was added to the cabinet.

“Ten new ministers were sworn in by the president today,” Sisi’s office said in a statement without giving a reason for the reshuffle. The new cabinet consists of 34 ministers. The reshuffle comes as the economy continues to falter on the back of falling tourism revenues, a cornerstone of the economy, and foreign investments. Read more

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