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Sisi asks housing minister to form new Egyptian government

Sisi came to power following a military coup in 2013 [Getty]

Date of publication: 7 June, 2018

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Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has asked his housing minister to form a new government following the resignation of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi appointed Housing Minister Mustafa Madbouly as his new premier on Thursday and asked him to form a government.

It comes three days after the previous prime minister, Sherif Ismail, submitted his government's resignation, in keeping with political tradition at the start of a new presidential term.

Sisi was sworn in on Saturday for a second, four-year term in office, following an election in which he faced no serious challengers and arrested opponents.

Sisi and Ismail are thought to enjoy a close working relationship, AP reported.

Ismail sought medical treatment in Germany late last year with Madbouly serving as acting prime minister in November.

Madbouly is a 52-year-old architect and urban designer was widely expected to succeed Ismail.

Sisi came to power in 2013 following a military coup against Egypt's first democratically-elected government, and has launched a fierce clampdown on potential opponents and dissidents since he came to power.

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