Egypt gets new Premier
Egypt’s President Abdel-fatah al-Sisi yesterday appointed a new Prime Minister, picking his Housing Minister Mustafa Madbouly to form a Government. The appointment came three days after the outgoing Premier, 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 Sunday for a second, four-year term in office, after being re-elected in a vote in which he faced no serious challengers. Sisi and Ismail are known to enjoy a close working relationship. Ismail sought medical treatment in Germany late last year. He returned home a month later showing considerable weight loss, some of which he has since regained.