Ministries in limbo in lame-duck Cabinet
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi during his meeting with new Egyptian prime minister Sherif Ismail - Courtesy of presidential office

CAIRO: After the entire Cabinet was labeled a caretaker government by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi Saturday, a number of ministries are reportedly waiting in limbo to see how much of the leadership will turnover.

Minister of Petroleum Sherif Ismail was tasked by Sisi to form the new Cabinet, which is expected to be short-lived; a new one will be formed after the parliamentary elections scheduled to take place by the end of 2015.

Minister of Higher Education Sayed Abdel-Khaleq left a Saturday meeting with the Supreme Council of Universities after former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab called him to inform him of Sisi’s decision, Youm7 reported.

According to Youm7, the council upheld Mahlab’s decision to freeze Abdel-Khaleq’s controversial decree which gives a privilege to the children of judges and officers to be transferred to any university in Egypt regardless of geographical conditions that apply to all other students.

Sources told Youm7 that Minister of Tourism Khaled Ramy is expected to remain in the caretaker government, given he was not implicated in the major corruption case investigating former Minister of Agriculture Salah Helal.

Ramy was scheduled to visit Russia Tuesday, then Italy, to meet with trip organizers.

Meanwhile, Minister of Transport Hany Dahy has ordered his secretary to postpone any field visits, sufficing with meeting in his office as he waits for Ismail’s decision on his status, Youm7 reported.

Sources inside the Ministry of Solidarity anticipated that Minister Ghada Waly would remain the government, as her schedule for the week was left unchanged. Watchdog reports did not have any reservations on Waly, the sources said, adding that she achieved a 50-percent increase in social insurances and a minimum 450 EGP in pensions of early retirement, after it was less  than 100 EGP.

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