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Huge Cabinet Reshuffle Including Ministry Merger Approved by Parliament

The parliament has approved a major cabinet reshuffle earlier today, including the merging of the Ministry of Tourism with the Ministry of Antiquities.

Egyptian parliament

This morning, the Egyptian parliament approved a cabinet reshuffle involving 12 different ministerial positions. It also reintroduced a previously-abolished ministry and merged two other ministries together.

The House of Representatives has confirmed that Mostafa Madbouly will continue as Prime Minister and will take on a new responsibility of heading the Portfolio of Investment and Administrative Reform. Former Minister of Information and current head of the parliament’s Culture, Media and Antiquities Committee, Osama Heikal, is to be sworn in as Minister of Information once again after having served in that role from 2011 to 2012. The post had been abolished from 2014 until its recent reinstatement.

The reshuffle also saw a merging of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Antiquities, with Khaled al-Anani to be appointed Minister of Tourism and Antiquities. Subsequently, former Minister of Tourism, Rania Al-Mashat, will be appointed as Minister of International Cooperation, replacing former Minister Sahar Nasr in the post.

Current Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Omar Marwan, will replace Hossam Abdel-Rahim as the Minister of Justice. Alaa Fouad will be sworn in as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs. Additionally, replacing Amr Nassar as Minister of Industry will be Nevine Gamea.

In place of Ghada Wali, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Nevine el-Kabbaj will be appointed the Minister of Social Solidarity.

Additionally, Mohamed Manar Enaba will be appointed as the minister of Aviation, and El-Sayed El-Qossair will replace Ezzedin Abu Steit as Minister of Agriculture. Finally, Hala El-Saeed, the Minister of Planning, will be in charge of planning and economic development.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held today, with House speaker Ali Abdel Aal citing that most of the MPs voted in favour of the reshuffle.