Mahlab: New Cabinet team will be highly qualified
Ibrahim Mahlab, Egypt's Prime Minister - YOUM7/Ahmed Ramdan

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called on Prime Minister designate Ibrahim Mahlab Thursday to carefully choose experienced and highly qualified youths with feasible ideas and could meet citizens’ needs for the new cabinet, Mahlab told Kuwaiti Al-Rai newspaper Thursday.

The current government would stay in a caretaker role until the new Cabinet is formed, Mahlab said and that “the upcoming phase requires a lot of hard work relying on direct communication with citizens.”

The last Cabinet was formed under the media’s eyes but Mahlab will now conduct consultations to form his second Cabinet in complete secrecy and away from media and cameras.

“The nominees for the new Cabinet have not been named so far but consultations and interviews are being conducted,” Mahlab added.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi reinstated resigned Ibrahim Mahlab as Prime Minister again in the new government on June 9. A few hours after submitting the resignation of Mahlab’s interim cabinet, Sisi reinstated him, asking to form the new government, Youm7 reported.

“I will take the required time to form the government,” Mahlab said, noting in remarks to state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram that the new government will be able to bring the state the prestige and to provide security.

Mahlab was expected to announce his latest Cabinet shuffle on Thursday, according to media reports.

Mahlab’s new Cabinet is the first government formed after the transitional period that ended with Sisi’s swear-in as Egypt’s new president.

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