June 7, 2018 / 1:49 PM / 16 days ago

Egypt's Sisi appoints housing minister as acting premier - state-run media outlet

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appointed Housing Minister Mustafa Madbouly as acting prime minister on Thursday and tasked him with forming a new cabinet, the state-run Ahram Gate news website said.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi speaks at his swearing-in of the second presidential term, at a ceremony, at the House of Representatives in Cairo, Egypt, June 2, 2018 in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS

Egypt’s cabinet including Prime Minister Sherif Ismail resigned this week to pave the way for Sisi to appoint a new government following his re-election to a second term in office.

Ministers will retain their portfolios in a caretaker government for now.

Madbouly previously filled in for Ismail when he travelled abroad to receive medical treatment, the website reported.

Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Gareth Jones

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