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Current issue | Issue 1130, 10 - 16 January 2013
Thursday,19 July, 2018
Issue 1130, 10 - 16 January 2013

Ahram Weekly

Ministerial portfolios

Ahmed Morsy profiles the 10 new ministers in the latest cabinet reshuffle

Al-Ahram Weekly

Minister of interior
Before taking the oath of office on Sunday, Mohamed Ibrahim, 60, acted as an assistant to his predecessor Ahmed Gamaleddin for prison affairs. Ibrahim served as the head of Qena Security Department at the time of the 25 January Revolution, then as head of the Assiut Security Department. Ibrahim spent most of his career in criminal investigation departments in several Egyptian governorates.

Minister of state for local development
Mohamed Beshr, born in 1951, is a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau, the Morsi-appointed governor of Menoufiya. Beshr holds a PhD in electrical engineering and worked as a full-time professor at the Faculty of Engineering in Cairo University. During the former regime, Beshr was imprisoned after a military court convicted him of being affiliated to what was then the outlawed Brotherhood.

Minister of electricity
Ahmed Shaaban, a Brotherhood member, was born in 1944 in Alexandria. He was the chairman of the Cairo Company for Electricity Production before being appointed last month the deputy of former electricity  minister Mahmoud Balbaa. According to ministry sources, Shaaban is expected to focus on power stations in an attempt to put an end to the frequent power cuts which the country suffered from last summer.

Minister of finance
Al-Morsi Hegazi, replacing Momtaz Al-Said, is known as a Brotherhood member. Hegazi is a professor of economics and finance and received his doctorate in 1997 from the Faculty of Commerce in Alexandria University.

Minister of civil aviation
Major General Wael Al-Maedawi is a civil aviation expert and air force officer. Born in 1949, Al-Maedawi holds an engineering degree and was the chairman of the board of the Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation. Previously, he was assistant chief of staff of the Air Force.

Minister of transportation
Hatem Abdel-Latif is a road engineering professor at Ain Shams University. In 1990, he received his PhD in transportation planning and traffic engineering. He served as dean of the Faculty of Engineering in Ain Shams in 2011. Abdel-Latif is a UN expert in transport and traffic. He was a member of the Board of Transportation in the Specialised National Councils, and was also a member of the Transport Committee at the Scientific Research Academy. Abdel-Latif is a Muslim Brotherhood member.

Minister of environmental affairs
Khaled Fahmi Abdel-Aal, 59, holds a PhD in environmental economics. He is the deputy chairman of the technical cooperation initiative implemented by the Ministry of Local Development and funded by the US. He has occupied several posts in the Ministry of Environment.

Minister of supply and social affairs
Bassem Kamal, of the Muslim Brotherhood, was born in 1970. He holds a PhD in engineering from Cairo University. Kamal is also a consultant of medical engineering and healthcare technology, and was responsible for the fuel file of President Mohamed Morsi’s electoral programme during the presidential elections. Kamal was secretary of the planning commission for the development of Greater Cairo and Clean Home campaign coordinator.

Minister of communications
Atef Helmi, 62, was previously a board member of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency. Helmi headed the Chamber of Information Technology and Communication and acted as the general manager of Oracle’s Egypt and North Africa division. Helmi is one of the founders of the out-sourcing industry in Egypt through the Oracle technical support centre.

Minister of state for legal affairs and parliamentary councils
Omar Salem was minister of parliamentary affairs in Kamal Al-Ganzouri’s cabinet which preceded the current government of Hisham Kandil. Salem was deputy dean of the Faculty of Law in Cairo University. He also worked as the director of the faculty’s Crime Research Centre.

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