Egypt: President Sisi Appoints Housing Minister as Acting Prime Minister
CAIRO, June 7, 2018, (AltAfrika) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appointed Housing Minister Mustafa Madbouly as acting prime minister on Thursday and tasked him with forming a new cabinet, the state-run Ahram Gate news website said.
Egypt’s cabinet, including Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, resigned this week to pave the way for Sisi to appoint a new government following his re-election to a second term in office.
Ministers will retain their portfolios in a caretaker government for now.
Supporters of Sisi say tough austerity measures and a crackdown on dissent, which have continued since his re-election, are needed to bring stability and revive the country’s economy. Egypt was rocked by a 2011 popular uprising that toppled longtime leader Hosni Mubarak and unrest that followed.