Egyptian Cabinet Resigns in Wake of al-Sissi Re-election

Egyptian cabinet hands in resignation while waiting for new one to be formed as part of post-election process

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi next to Egypt's parliament speaker Ali Abdel Aal after the swearing-in of the second presidential term. June 2, 2018

Egypt’s cabinet submitted its resignation to President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi on Tuesday following his swearing-in for a second term after a landslide election victory.

The government, headed by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, will stay on in a caretaker capacity until the new one is appointed.

The move is routine ahead of the formation of a new government after Sissi’s easy re-election in March. All serious opponents had withdrawn beforehand from the race.

Sissi said in a televised address that after next week’s Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, Egypt would see “a number of great achievements that will be inaugurated”. He did not say what they would be.

“I have great hope that in two years, you will see Egypt in a different place (God willing),” he said.

Since the election dozens of mostly secular or socialist critics of Sissi have been arrested and are being investigated on charges that include spreading fake news and belonging to illegal or terrorist organizations.