Egypt Replaces Security Chiefs as New Government Is Sworn In

Former prime minister 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

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrives for the swearing-in of the second presidential term, at the House of Representatives in Cairo, Egypt, June 2, 2018
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Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi 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 Moustafa Madbouly, took the oath of office before Sissi on Tuesday in the presidential palace in Cairo.

Sissi made key changes in the new government, including new Defense Minister Mohamed Ahmed Zaki to replace Sedki Sobhi. Mahmoud Tawfik has succeeded Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar as the Interior Minister. Between them, Zaki and Tawfik are responsible for Egypt's entire security establishment.

Sissi appointed Madbouly 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. El-Sissi was sworn in earlier this month for a second, four-year term in office.