‘A minister without a ministry’ — confusion over role of newly appointed information minister

Source: Madamasr

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Original Link: https://madamasr.com/en/2020/01/06/feature/politics/a-minister-without-a-ministry-confusion-over-role-of-newly-appointed-information-minister/

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday met with newly appointed Minister of Information Osama Heikal and Prime Minister Mostafa Madbuly to discuss policies and strategies intended to enhance the media’s role in “spreading awareness” and “combatting extremism,” according to a statement by presidential spokesperson Bassam Ragy. The president also directed Heikal to coordinate between the various state bodies regulating the press in Egypt.

Heikal was appointed minister of information in December during a cabinet shake-up which saw the post of information minister reinstated after it was eliminated in 2014. Heikal previously served as information minister in 2011 and most recently was the head of the culture, media, and antiquities committee in Parliament.

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