Egypt president asks housing minister to form new government
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Egypt president asks housing minister to form new government

After outgoing PM Sherif Ismail submits resignation, in line with custom, newly-reelected Sissi taps Mustafa Madbouly as his replacement

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi addresses the chamber after he was sworn in for a second four-year term in Cairo, June 2, 2018. (Egypt’s presidency media office via AP)
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi addresses the chamber after he was sworn in for a second four-year term in Cairo, June 2, 2018. (Egypt’s presidency media office via AP)

CAIRO — Egypt’s President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi on Thursday appointed a new prime minister, picking his housing minister Mustafa Madbouly to form a government.

The appointment came two days after the outgoing premier, Sherif Ismail, submitted his government’s resignation, in keeping with political tradition at the start of a new presidential term. Sissi was sworn in on Saturday for a second four-year term in office, after being reelected in a vote in which he faced no serious challengers.

Sissi and Ismail are known to enjoy a close working relationship. Ismail sought medical treatment in Germany late last year. He returned home a month later showing considerable weight loss, some of which he has since regained. The nature of his ailment was never officially disclosed.

During Ismail’s treatment in Germany, Madbouly served as acting prime minister in November and was widely seen as likely to succeed Ismail.

Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Housing and Urban Development (2R), alongside Sheriff Ismail, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (C), at a conference, in Cairo, Egypt, November 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Ismail had been prime minister since September 2015.

Madbouly has been housing minister since March 2014. The 52-year-old architect and urban designer served as director of the United Nations’ HABITAT Regional Office for Arab States from 2012 until 2014. His appointment to form a new government was announced by presidential spokesman Bassam Radi on his Facebook page.

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