Egypt has once again found itself in a familiar position. It is left without a parliament and an interim cabinet following former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb’s decision to resign his government on 12 September.

The decision to resign has been attributed to corruption allegations faced by former Agriculture Minister Salah Helal, but rumours and reports in Egypt claim that the resignation also stems from President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi’s growing frustration with his economy-related ministers, who have struggled to secure the foreign investment required to press ahead with major schemes.

Despite this, the timing is odd considering a new government was expected to be formed following parliamentary elections due to take place in October and November.

The reality is that Egypt’s ministers have been working under a streamlined directive and the impact on the day-to-day business of the ministries is unlikely to be affected.

But what this does is send out a message of turbulence to the international community. Egypt has continued to struggle with governance since al-Sisi took office.

Now in what can only be seen as a breakdown in the relationship between Mehleb and al-Sisi, Cairo’s instability is once again centre stage.

While those from al-Sisi’s camp will argue that the cabinet reshuffle illustrates the president’s commitment to efficient governance, it will undoubtedly have a negative impact on some of the projects being managed by the Investment Ministry and the Housing Ministry in particular.

More damaging is the correlation that will be made between the corruption allegations and the swift resignation by the former Prime Minister. For many international investors monitoring Egypt’s progress, it will be reminiscent of cabinet’s past.

Egypt has put in place an economic roadmap that if implemented could alleviate the woes of the 2011 uprising, but the latest shake-up coupled with delayed parliamentary elections is further illustration that Egypt must also get its political house in order.