CAIRO: Egypt’s Parliament held a session on Saturday during which it approved a presidential decision of a cabinet reshuffle, local media said.
President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi said the “cabinet reshuffle comes to develop government performance internally and externally.”
The reshuffle saw 12 ministers get replaced, including the ministers of education, health, culture, tourism and immigration.
Earlier, the Parliament’s 596 MPs were invited to attend the meeting without disclosing further information.
“All members should be keen to attend the session,” the invitation by Secretary-General of the House of Representatives Ahmed Manaa said.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly — who has served since June 2018 — would retain his position, while about 10 cabinet ministers would be reshuffled, Al-Shorouk daily reported, citing informed government sources.
A new minister of information would also be named, reports said.
The last time the Egyptian House of Representatives held an extraordinary meeting was in July 2020. At the time, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi asked MPs to provide him with a mandate to send elements of the Egyptian Armed Forces in combat missions outside the country in order to defend national security.
The mandate came days after El-Sisi met in Cairo with Libyan tribal leaders, who called on the Egyptian president “to intervene to protect the national security of Libya and Egypt,” according to Ahram Online.