Egypt’s president swears in new government with key changes

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Egypt’s president Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has sworn in a new government, two weeks after being re-elected in a vote in which he faced no serious challengers.

Members of the new government, headed by former Housing Minister Mustafa Madbuly, took the oath of office before Sisi on Tuesday in the presidential palace in Cairo.

Sisi made key changes in the new government, including new Defense Minister Mohammad Ahmed Zaki to replace Sedki Sobhi.

Mahmoud Tawfik has succeeded Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar as the Interior Minister.

Sisi appointed Madbuly to form a new government after former premier Sherif Ismail submitted his government’s resignation in keeping with political tradition that the government should resign at the start of a new presidential term.

Sisi was sworn in earlier this month for a second, four-year term in office.