Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sworn in several new provincial governors, including the first-ever Coptic Christian woman to hold the position.
A total number of 22 governors on Thursday took the oath before Sisi in the presence of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Local Development Minister Mahmoud Shaarawi.
After the swearing-in ceremony, the newly appointed governors and their deputies met with Sisi, who ordered them to focus on meeting the people’s needs and curbing rising inflation.
The new reshuffle included General Khaled Fouda, governor of South Sinai, General Ahmed Rashed Moustafa, appointed as the new governor of Giza, Mohamed Abdelfadeel Shousha, the new governor of North Sinai, Abdelaziz Qonsoua, the new governor of Alexandria, and General Khaled Abdel Hafez who was appointed as the new governor of Cairo.
The appointees also include Manal Awad Mikhail in Damietta province, who became the first Christian woman ever appointed to such a position in the country.
Ambassador Bassam Radi, the spokesman for the Egyptian presidency, quoted the president as saying that he wishes success and luck to the new governors in performing their tasks.
“Egypt expects lots of effort, collective action, and dedication to further development,” Sisi said.