Egypt president asks housing minister to form new government

2018-06-07 17:45
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (File: AFP)

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (File: AFP)

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Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi has asked his housing minister to form a new government, three days after Prime Minister Sherif Ismail submitted his government's resignation.

Presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi made the announcement on Thursday on his Facebook page.

Ismail submitted the resignation on Tuesday, a move that is in keeping with political tradition that the government should resign at the start of a new presidential term. Al-Sisi was sworn in on Saturday for a second, four-year term in office.

Al-Sisi 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.

Mostafa Madbouly was appointed housing minister in March 2014.

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