Egyptian PM Submits Resignation as Sissi Begins Second Term

Egypt Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and his French counterpart Manuel Valls (unseen) take part in a joint press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on October 10, 2015 in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Valls arrived in Egypt to start a three-country Arab tour aimed at boosting economic ties …
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(AP) CAIRO — Egypt’s prime minister submitted his government’s resignation on Tuesday, three days after President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in for a second, four-year term in office.

The move by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail was in keeping with political tradition that the government should resign at the start of a new presidential term. However, Sissi has the prerogative to use the opportunity to reshuffle the Cabinet.

Sissi and Ismail are known to enjoy a close working relationship, with the general-turned-president often publicly praising his prime minister.

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. The nature of his ailment was never officially disclosed.

Ismail’s resignation was announced by presidential spokesman Bassam Radi, who said Sissi has asked the government to stay in office in a caretaker capacity until a new one is formed.

Ismail has been prime minister since September 2015.

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