CAIRO – President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has sworn in a new government, Egypt's state news agency reported Saturday, one week after the previous Cabinet resigned amid a corruption probe.
The new government, headed by former Petroleum Minister Sherif Ismail, came after state-friendly media slammed his predecessor Ibrahim Mehleb for weeks and the prosecution began investigating several officials for allegedly receiving over $1 million in bribes.
Local media accused Mehleb and his ministers of incompetence and being out of touch with the public. El-Sissi, the former general and defense minister who led the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, was spared the media lashing.
Egypt, whose governments have long been plagued by corruption allegations, has been in turmoil since the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
El-Sissi has also restructured the Cabinet, merging several ministries and forming a new body responsible for immigration, according to the Middle East News Agency.
The 33-member Cabinet contains three women and 16 new members. Two of the newcomers, Education Minister Zaki Badr and Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou, served in similar posts under Mubarak.
Also Saturday, el-Sissi appointed Mehleb as to the position of "assistant to the president for national and strategic projects."