Egypt approves new minister after wheat scandal

Egypt's former supply minister, Khaled Hanafy resigned after reportedly being found politically responsible for wheat deals that cost Egypt tens of millions of dollarsThe Egyptian parliament voted on Tuesday to approve the appointment of a former military officer as supply minister, after his predecessor quit amid a corruption scandal over wheat imports. Lawmakers backed by a two-thirds majority President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s nomination of Major General Mohammed Ali al-Sheikh, said the parliament’s official website. The probe comes as the government seeks to cut public spending in Egypt, the world’s largest importer of wheat.

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