CAIRO – 22 December 2019: Parliamentary sources told the press on Sunday that a cabinet reshuffle is expected to be announced today, December 22, 2019, including about ten ministries.
The reshuffle might include ministries of solidarity, agriculture, industry, justice, tourism, and investment.
Sources added that Nevine Gamea, chief executive officer of the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Development Agency (MSME), might be declared the new minister of industry, while Tourism Minister Rania Al-Mashat might be assigned the Ministry of Investment.
A special session will be held at 9:00 am local time (GMT+2) at the office of Ali Abdel-Al, speaker of the House of Representatives, to finalize all final arrangements for submitting the ministerial amendment to the parliament session.
Dr. Ali Abdel-Al, speaker of the House of Representatives
According to Article (147) of the Egyptian constitution, the President of the Republic may conduct a cabinet reshuffle after consultation with the Prime Minister and approval of the House of Representatives by an absolute majority of the members present, which must not be less than one-third of its members.
Parliamentary Spokesman Salah Hassaballah told TV host Ahmed Moussa during his nightly talk show last month that the reshuffle mainly aims at boosting the performance of some ministries responsible for the "service sector" portfolios.
Parliamentary Spokesman Salah Hassaballah
He further pointed out that Egyptians currently have a sense of ministers who carry out their duties and minister who do not, stressing that any government aims to create a state of consent among its citizens.
“There are 12 interrogation cases against ministers, including ministers of health, local development, education, industry, agriculture, supply, investment and environment,” Hassaballah added.
He also stressed that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, targeting the success of every state institution, and as chief of the executive branch, is keen that the Parliament must monitor the performance of the government, and therefore, acts accordingly. Stay tuned for further updates.