A high-level government source has reported that half of former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb's ministers will not be included in the new Cabinet to be formed by Sherif Ismail.
Among the absentees are Local Development Minister Adel Labib, Religious Endowments Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa, Education Minister Moheb al-Rafeay, Higher Education Minister al-Sayyed Abdel Khaleq, Communications Minister Khaled Negm, Tourism Minister Khaled Ramy, Health Minister Adel Adawy, Trade and Industry Minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, Investment Minister Ashraf Salman, International Cooperation Minister Naglaa Ahwani, Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Transport Minister Hany Dahy, Culture Minister Abdel Wahed al-Nabawy, Manpower Minister Nahed al-Ashry and Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty, according to the source.
The current ministers who will continue to be part of the new Cabinet are Defense Minister Sedqy Sobhy, Interior Minister Major General Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, Foreign Minister Sameh Shokry, Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker, Finance Minister Hany Qadry Demian, Planning Minister Ashraf al-Araby, Irrigation Minister Hossam al-Moghazy, Aviation Minister Hossam Kamal and Youth and Sports Minister Khaled Abdel Aziz.
According to the source, two new ministries will be introduced, including a ministry for Egyptian expatriates and another for small- and medium-sized enterprises.
Regulatory bodies have finished gathering information and data on the new potential ministers and have put forth three nominations for each ministry to choose from, said the source.
Mehleb's Cabinet held an emergency meeting on Saturday during which Mehleb informed the ministers that the president had accepted their resignation.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm