Egypt’s El-Sisi appoints housing minister as acting premier

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi appointed Housing Minister Mustafa Madbouly as acting prime minister on Thursday. (AFP)
Updated 07 June 2018
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Egypt’s El-Sisi appoints housing minister as acting premier

  • Housing Minister Mustafa Madbouly was appointed as acting prime minister on Thursday and tasked with forming a new cabinet.
  • Egypt’s cabinet including Prime Minister Sherif Ismail resigned this week to pave the way for El-Sisi to appoint a new government following his re-election.

CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi appointed Housing Minister Mustafa Madbouly as acting prime minister on Thursday and tasked him with forming a new cabinet, the state-run Ahram Gate news website said.
Egypt’s cabinet including Prime Minister Sherif Ismail resigned this week to pave the way for El-Sisi to appoint a new government following his re-election to a second term in office.
Ministers will retain their portfolios in a caretaker government for now.
Ismail has gone abroad to receive medical treatment, the website also reported, without elaborating.


Saudi Arabia welcomes agreement between Yemeni government and Houthis

Updated 14 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia welcomes agreement between Yemeni government and Houthis

  • The ministry said that the Kingdom was committed to reaching a political solution that guarantees the security and stability of Yemen
  • The withdrawal of armed forces from the Yemeni port of Hodeidah will happen within days

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it welcomed the agreement between Yemen’s internationally recognized government and the Houthi militia. 

The ministry said that the Kingdom was committed to reaching a political solution that guarantees the security and stability of Yemen.

The handing over of the port of Hodeidah to the control of the United Nations will help to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people, the ministry stressed. 

A ceasefire agreement had been reached on Thursday with respect to the city of Hodeidah and its port.

The withdrawal of armed forces from the Yemeni port of Hodeidah, a vital aid route caught up in the fighting, will happen "within days," UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths said.