Egypt’s Parliament is set to approve the government’s policy on Sunday in a plenary session, giving the new cabinet the confidence to perform its work.
The committee assigned to study the government’s policy recommends giving confidence to the new cabinet lead by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.
A committee headed by the first deputy of the parliament speaker, Al-Sayed El-Sherif, was formed two weeks ago to discuss the government’s policy and prepare a report about it.
El-Sherif said that the report includes views of the parliament’s different committees regarding the policy that was announced on 3 June by Madbouly and will be explained during Sunday’s session.
Members of the Egypt Support coalition called on the government to submit a statement every three months to the parliament to follow up on the implementation of its programme, stressing that they will not allow any ignorance regarding this demand.
Hala Abo Saad, a member of the committee, said that the government’s programme is very ambitious and aims to complete economic reforms in the coming period. Moreover, several committees have expressed their confidence in the policy and approved it.
Comments included in the report were sent to the cabinet, which included some remarks that pointed that the policy did not provide clear timetables for the implementation of certain projects that were mentioned. Also, the policy did not clarify mechanisms of how they are going to achieve economic growth targets.
El-Sherif said that the government has fulfilled all the inquiries addressed by the parliament on the policy and provided more details and responded to the timetables.
The new cabinet’s policy included five axes: national security, Egypt’s foreign policy, building Egypt’s human capacity, economic development, and upgrading the living standards for citizens.
On 14 June, Egypt’s new cabinet was sworn in before President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi days after the appointment of Madbouly as the new prime minister, succeeding Sherif Ismail, who resigned earlier in June.
Additional reporting by Abdel Razek Al-Shuweiki