Last updated: 16 June, 2014

New Egypt cabinet to be sworn in Tuesday

A new Egyptian cabinet is to be sworn in on Tuesday after the previous government resigned following the former army chief’s landslide victory in a May presidential election.

Outgoing foreign minister Nabil Fahmy is to be replaced by a former ambassador to Washington, Sameh Shoukri, state media reported.

New President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led last year’s ouster by the army of Islamist Mohamed Morsi, had tasked premier Ibrahim Mahlab with forming a new cabinet after he was sworn in on June 8.

“Prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab has finished meetings with his new ministerial team which is to be sworn in on Tuesday,” the official MENA news agency reported.

Mahlab, who was retained as premier by Sisi, finalised a 34-member lineup which has 13 new ministers including Shoukri, it added.

It did not specify why Fahmy, who made a high-profile visit to the United States in April was being replaced..

He was the most senior Egyptian official to visit Washington since Sisi overthrew the elected Morsi in July in a move that has strained ties between the longtime allies.

“The president must have had a say in choosing the new foreign minister as usually he chooses ministers of interior, foreign, defence and justice,” said Mustapha Kamel Al-Sayyid, political science professor at Cairo University.

The new line-up has retained most ministers from the previous government, including interior, defence, and finance.