CAIRO: Seventeen new governors swore in Saturday at the presidential palace two days after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi ratified their names, according to a presidential statement.
The list was ratified following a Thursday meeting between Sisi and Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab.
Sisi held a meeting with the new governorates, their deputies and the former governors, the statement added.
In earlier January Sisi rejected a list of names for possible nominees due to reports prepared by auditing bodies, Youm7 reported.
Sisi announced a wide-scale replacement of governors in a meeting with top Egyptian journalists Sept. 28, 2014, adding that he was also “not satisfied” with the performance of a number of ministers.
Among the new governor deputies are three women, al-Arabyia news reported Saturday.
The Minister of Local Development Adel Labib announced in August that the new governors’ reshuffle would not include women; 16 non-governmental organizations condemned the absence of women candidates.