CAIRO: Minister of Local Development Ahmed Zaki Badr revealed a new governor reshuffle is expected to take place soon, Youm7 reported.
Badr’s statement came a few days before the second phase parliament elections kick off Nov. 21. However, the minister did not explain the number of governors included in the reshuffle nor the exact time for the reshuffle.
“The performances of the current governors are being evaluated. Consultations with the Cabinet are ongoing regarding the issue and candidacy of the new governors will be based on their efficiency and ability to deal with local problems,” Badr was quoted by Youm7.
The minister pointed out that several regulatory authorities are preparing detailed reports of the nominees and will submit them to the political leadership. He added that a new governor of Alexandria will be appointed within days.
On Oct. 26, Alexandria Governor Hani el-Messiry had resigned following the Mediterranean city’s flooding crisis that killed five people.
In the last governor reshuffle, which took place in February, 17 new governors were sworn in by President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, most of whom were either academics or managers of industrial companies.
Egypt is divided into 27 governorates; governors are appointed by the President and serve at his discretion.