CAIRO, June 16 Egypt's prime minister will meet
members of his new government later on Monday, the cabinet
spokesman said, finalising an appointment process following the
inauguration last week of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Spokesman Hossam El-Kawish said the ministers, most of them
holdovers from the previous 31-member cabinet, would be sworn in
The most important change will be the re-creation of an
investment ministry separate from that of industry and trade, a
move critical to Cairo's chances of enticing back foreign funds
to stimulate an economy racked by years of political turmoil. It
is not yet known who will head up the investment portfolio.
"The new government includes 10 new ministers and a new
ministry," Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb told reporters.
Keeping the cabinet largely intact could allow Sisi to
implement quickly the types of reform urged by the United Arab
Emirates - among the Gulf states that gave billions of dollars
in aid after Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was ousted by the
army in July following mass protests against his rule.
Sisi reappointed Mehleb as premier last week, but the
formation of the new government was delayed on Sunday after
candidates turned down offers for the ministries of investment,
justice, culture and information.
Since the 2011 overthrow of autocratic President Hosni
Mubarak, several people have rejected cabinet jobs for fear of
opening themselves to potential legal complaints, after a number
of former ministers were charged with corruption or taking
decisions which were not in the national interest.
(Reporting by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Mark Heinrich)