Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has finalised a cabinet reshuffle that has resulted in nine changes, including the merging of the Ministry of Investment and the Ministry of International Cooperation led by Sahar Nasr.

The ministerial changes also involved the appointment of four deputy ministers, three for the Ministry of Agriculture and one for the Ministry of Planning.

The Ministry of Finance remains unchanged.

New ministers include Ali Meselhy as Minister of Supply and Internal Trading, Hala El-Saeed as Minister of Planning and Administrative Reform and Abdul Moneim El-Banna as Minister of Agriculture.

The Minister of Transportation was also replaced by Hesham Arafat, while Tarek Shawky was appointed the Minister of Education, Omar Marwan as Minister of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Mohamed Hesham El-Sherif as Minister of Local Development and Khaled Abdel Ghaffar as Minister of Higher Education.

The changes were approved by Egypt’s parliament on 14 February, following complaints from politicians and civil servants regarding the state of the Egyptian economy.

The cabinet reshuffle was expected following an announcement from the president in mid-January that changes would happen “very soon”.

The last cabinet reshuffle took place in March 2016, when the president named 10 new ministers, including changes to the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Investment.