New Egyptian government sworn in

2015-09-19 09:57

Cairo (dpa) - Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi swore in a new government Saturday, a week after he accepted the resignation of the previous government amid a corruption investigation.

The new government is headed by Sherif Ismail, a former oil minister, and includes 14 newcomers, state-run newspaper al-Ahram reported.

Key portfolios including finance, defence, the interior, foreign affairs and justice have remained unchanged.

The new government is expected to remain in office until a new parliament is elected this year.

This month, the then-minister of agriculture, Salah Helal, and some aides were arrested for what local media described as the biggest corruption case to be uncovered since al-Sissi took office more than a year ago.

Helal is accused of using his power to cover up the seizure of state-owned land by a businessman.

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