Profile: 12 new ministries chosen for Egypt's challenging future



Thu, 14 Jun 2018 - 05:05 GMT


Thu, 14 Jun 2018 - 05:05 GMT

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi talks with newly appointed Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly on Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Press photo

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi talks with newly appointed Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly on Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Press photo

CAIRO - 14 June 2018: Egypt's new cabinet has sworn-in Thursday, with 12 new ministers including the Interior and Defense ministries taking the oath before President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

Apparently, the new cabinet headed by newly-appointed Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has chosen many young figures holding an academic background.

Defense Minister: Mohamed Ahmed Zaki

Lieutenant General Mohamed Ahmed Zaki took the oath before President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi as the Minister of Defense in the new cabinet, to succeed Sedki Sobhi.

President Sisi meets with Mohamed Ahmed Zaki (L), Sedki Sobhi (C), June, 14, 2018 - press photo

In January, 2017, Sisi approved Zaki's promotion form Major General to Lieutenant General.

Zaki arrested former president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013, following the protests that took place at the time marking the June 30 revolution.

Zaki was appointed as the head of the Republican Guard military branch in August, 2012. Morsi took post as the president in June of the same year.

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians rushed down to streets on June 30, 2013, calling for the ousting of the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president.

Zaki had also served as the head of the Egyptian Paratroopers military branch.

Interior Minister: Mahmoud Tawfik

Major General Mahmoud Tawfik was named as the new interior ministry to succed Magdi Abdel Ghaffar who was appointed in 2015. Tawfik graduated from the police academy in 1981.

President Sisi meets with Mahmoud Tawfik (L), Magdi Abdel Ghaffar (C), June, 14, 2018 - press photo

Tawfik is the former assistant inrterior minister for national security. Tawfik has managed during Sisi's first presidential term to uncover a number of terrorist hideouts and helped hinder probable terrorist attacks, according to media reports.

Known as "the fox," Tawfik reportedly helped rescue police captain Mohamed Al-Hayes from a terrorist hideout. Hayes was captured following clashes between Egyptian forces and militants last October.

Civil Aviation Minister: Younis Al-Masry

Lieutenant General Younis Al-Masry, 59, took the oath before President Sisi to succeed Sherif Fathy.

FILE - Lieutenant General Younis Al-Masry

Masry was appointed as the head of the Egyptian Air Force in 2012. Masry prepared his masters in the military science, and was honored a number of military medals.

The military medals granted to Masry include the Medal of Distinguished Service, which is given to those who stay in military service for 30 years; the golden Medal of Military Duty and the Medal of The Twenty Fifth of January.

Health Minister: Hala Zayed

Hala Zayed, 51, took the oath before Sisi to succeed Ahmed Emad El-Din. Zayed served as the head of the Supreme Committee for Combating Corruption at the Health Ministry.

FILE - Hala Zayed

Zayed also served as a supervisor in the 57357 hospital specialized in children's cancer. She was one of the members of the experts committee assigned with setting Egypt Vision 2030.

Zayed is the second female minister in the history of the Health Ministry since its establishment in 1937.

Finance Minister: Mohamed Maeet

Mohamed Maeet, 56, was named as the new Minister of Finance, to succeed Amr El-Garhy who took post amid fierce economic challenges.

FILE - Mohamed Maeet

Maeet served as an assistant Finance Minister since 2016. During former Prime Minister Sherif Ismail's term, Maeet was appointed as a deputy Finance Minister.

He had also seved as an assitant Finance Minister in the era of the ousted president Hosni Mubarak. Maeet resigned in 2013 during Morsi's term.

Maeet reportedly participated in preparing the comprehensive health insurance bill drafted by the government and submitted last October. The bill was approved by the parliament in December.

Agriculture Minister: Ezz El-Din Abu Steit

Ezz El-Din Abu Steit, 62, took the oath before Sisi to succeed Abdel Moneim Al-Banna. Abu Steit is the first professor from Cairo University to take post as the Minister of Agriculture.

FILE - Ezz El-Din Abu Steit

Abu Steit served as the dean of the Faculty of Agriculture in Cairo University and a deputy of the university's president for education and students affairs.

Abu Steit has led many campaigns and wrote many research papers which aim to improve Egypt's productivity of wheat, sugar beet, and maize.

He was granted Abdel Hamid Shoman Prize for Arab Scientists, for agricultural science, in 1994. He became a professor in one of North Carolina's universities in 1995.

Local Development Minister: Mahmoud Sharawy

Major General Mahmoud Sharawy, 59, was named as the new Minister of Local Development to succeed Abu Bakr Al-Gendy.

Mahmoud Sharawy takes the oath as the new Local Development Minister - screenshot from the national TV.

Sharawy served as the assistant Local Development Minister for National Security Agency and an official in National Security Agency's administration to combat extremist activity.

Sharawy led the security operation named "Arab Sharkas," against terrorist elements who are accused of killing a number of officers after June 30 revolution. Army and police personnel participated in the operation.

Public Business Minister: Hisham Tawfik

Hisham Tawfik took the oath before Sisi as the Minister of Public Business, to succeed Khaled Badawi.

Hisham Tawfik takes the oath before President Sisi as the new Public Business Minister- screenshot from the national TV.

Tawfik has served as a member of the boards of directors of many companies including the state-owned National Company for Construction and Development for 3 years.

He also served as the CEO of Cairo Solar and Arabeya Online for Securities Brokerage.

Trade and Industry Minister: Amr Nassar

Amr Nassar, 57, was named as the Minister of Trade and Industry to succeed Tarek Kabil. Nassar graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University in 1985.

FILE - Amr Nassar

Nassar served as the deputy chairman of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) division of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

Nassar was appointed as the secretary general of the Engineering Export Council of Egypt (EEC) in 2012. He also served as a member of the boards of directors of the Chamber of Engineering Industries.

Youth Minister: Ashraf Sobhi

Ashraf Sobhi took the oath before Sisi as the new Youth and Sports Minister, to succeed Khaled Abdel Aziz who has served as the Youth Minister for about 6 years.

Ashraf Sobhi takes the oath as the new Sports Minister - screenshot from the national TV.

In 2016, Sobhi resigned from his post as an assistant Minister of Youth and Sports. He served as the head of the Cairo Stadium Authority from 2012 to 2014, where he could reportedly turn the Cairo Stadium to an investment institution.

In 2009, Sobhi took post as the executive director of the Emirati Baniyas Club. Sobhi is one of Helwan University's academic staff.

Environment Minister: Yasmine Fouad

Yasmine Fouad was named as the Minister of Environmental Affairs to succeed Khaled Fahmy.

Yasmine Fouad takes the oath as the new Environment Minister- screenshot from the national TV.

She is the third female minister to serve as the Environment Minister after Laila Rashid Eskandar and Nadia Makram Ebeid. Fouad is an assistant professor of economy and political science in Cairo University.

Fouad has served as the acting director of the Center for Economic and Financial Research and Studies since 2014.

She represented Egypt in a number of international conferences within the framework of the Green Climate Fund. In addition, she headed a committee that managed to get a fund of $54 million to support Egypt's environmental program for renewable energy.

Telecommunications Minister: Amr Talaat

Engineer Amr Talat took the oath before Sisi as the new Minister of Telecommunications to succeed Yasser Al-Kady.

File: Amr Talaat

Talat had served as the General Manager of IBM Egypt Branch. He brings with him about 30 years of experience, according to media reports.

He was awarded the master of science in information technology (IT) from one of the Unites States' universities in Illinois state.

Earlier in June, president Sisi ordered Madbouly to form a new government to succeed that of Sherif Ismail, who resigned on June 5.

Sisi expressed thanks and appreciation to former Prime Minister Sherif Ismail on behalf of all Egyptians for the efforts carried out through the past years, saying that the Cabinet reshuffle aimed “to give change a chance.”

“I am used to talking to you with complete honesty,” Sisi stated. He revealed that the Cabinet was reshuffled as to give change a chance. He said that a celebration will be held to honor the former Cabinet, as it has endured “one of Egypt's cruelest times in modern history.”



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