UPDATE: Egypt’s politics digest Oct. 23: Cabinet reshuffle expected soon: source
President Abdel Fatah al Sisi, Prime Minister Sherif Ismaiel with 10 new ministers in March 2016 Cabinet reshuffle. Youm7


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Cabinet reshuffle expected soon: source

A cabinet reshuffle, including seven new ministers, is expected to take place “soon,” well-informed sources told Youm7 Sunday.

The reshuffle is expected to include the ministers of education, higher education, culture, irrigation, antiquities, environment and social solidarity, according to the source.

Based on “evaluation reports” that have been presented to President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, the expected reshuffle will take place “after the government submits its biannual report to the House of Representatives,”  the source said.

If took place, the cabinet reshuffle would be the second this year.

In March, President Abdel Fatah al Sisi swore in Egypt’s new Cabinet in a reshuffle that included 10 new ministers and increased the number of portfolios to 34 from 33 in the previous line-up.


Senior advisor Leads delegation to promote US-Egypt economic Ties

A leading US business delegation arrived in Cairo Sunday in an official visit to meet with President Abdel Fatah al Sisi and government officials to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries, the US Embassy in Cairo announced in a statement.

Headed by Ambassador David Thorne, Senior Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry, the delegation comprises representatives of more than 50 U.S. companies.

The delegation will take part in meetings jointly organized by the U.S. and Egyptian American Chambers of Commerce and Business Councils, from October 23-25, the statement read.

“The United States is committed to strengthening its long-term economic partnership with Egypt,” Ambassador Thorne said.

“This business delegation is clear indication of U.S. private sector interest in Egypt and its future.”


US Embassy condemns assassination of senior Egyptian army officer

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo condemned on Sunday in the strongest terms the brutal murder of Brigadier Adel Ragaai.

“We express our deepest condolences to the families of Brigadier Ragaai and the other victims of this murderous act. The United States stands firm with Egypt in combating terrorism,” the embassy announced in a statement.

Ragai, commander of the army’s 9th armored division based at the military base of Dahshour west of Cairo, was shot dead near his home in an eastern Cairo suburb Saturday.

A group called Liwa al-Thawra claimed responsibility for the attack, in a message posted on Twitter hours after the assassination.


Egypt extends opening of Rafah border another day

Egypt has extended the opening of Rafah border crossing, which connects it to the Gaza Strip, for one more day, Youm7 reported.

The border was set to be opened for only six days. Over the past days, it received travelers from both directions, including humanitarian cases, patients, students and Palestinian returnees.

A source told Youm7 that Saturday witnessed the crossing of 801 travelers into the Egyptian side, while 136 others traveled to Gaza.


Egypt-Gulf coordination in full swing: Ambassador

The Egyptian Ambassador to Kuwait Yasser Atef said that Egypt-Gulf coordination is at its highest levels, in statements to “Al Anbaa” Kuwaiti newspaper.

He added that Egypt is keen on the independence of its decision “so no one imagines they can impose on us a certain agenda or vision for the future of the region.”

Atef’s remarks come amid suggestions of a deep rift between Egypt and Saudi Arabia after the first voted in favor of a Russian resolution on Syria in the United Nations Security Council.

Suggestions of a political rift escalated as the Kingdom announced halting fuel aid for October to its strongest Arab ally Egypt.


Jordan’s Ambassador to Cairo leaves after assignment term ended

Jordanian Ambassador Beshr Hany has left Egypt, heading back to Amman after his assignment term as an ambassador to Cairo ended.

Hany was also the permanent representative of his country to the Arab League.


MP praises NGO law as to fight foreign funding of terrorist groups

Member of Parliament Suzy Nashed said that the NGO draft law is important as it combats foreign funding of terrorist groups, in statements to Youm7.

The draft law passed by the cabinet on Thursday, and was referred to specialized legislative committees at the parliament.

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