CAIRO – Egyptian state television says President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has reshuffled his government, naming nine new ministers and creating a new portfolio for business.
The widely anticipated reshuffle did not touch the key ministries of defense, foreign affairs or interior, with the most important changes in the portfolios of investment, finance, tourism and water resources. El-Sissi swore in the new ministers Wednesday at the al-Ittihadiyah palace in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis.
The changes come at a time when Egypt's economy is reeling from a slump in the vital tourism sector, follow last week's devaluation of its weakening currency and as security forces struggle to crush an insurgency by Islamic militants.
The reshuffle is the first since September, when el-Sissi named Shereef Ismail prime minister at the head of a 33-seat Cabinet.