October 5, 2015 / 10:37 AM / 2 years ago

Egypt's Sisi says cabinet to remain in place if agenda approved by parliament

CAIRO (Reuters) - The newly-appointed Egyptian cabinet will remain in power if the parliament due to be elected in October and November approves its agenda, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi acknowledges attendees after addressing the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

“There is no connection between the next parliament and the government submitting its resignation, a lot of people think that but it is not true,” Sisi said in a speech at a military parade marking the anniversary of Egypt’s 1973 war with Israel.

“The government at the time will present a program, if parliament votes for it, the government will remain in order to implement it, if not, a new government will be presented.”

Sisi had sworn in a new government in September with the outgoing oil minister Sherif Ismail as prime minister. He kept the defense, foreign, interior and most economy-related ministers in place and appointed 16 new ministers.

Egypt holds a long-awaited parliamentary election in October and the new chamber will have a say over the government and can even reject Sisi’s choice for prime minister, according to the country’s constitution.

But Sisi’s critics say that in reality it will be a rubber-stamp house because of a tough crackdown on his critics and a weak opposition.

The election concludes in November and many had expected a new government would be named after the results were announced.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Michael Georgy and Toby Chopra

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