Ex-Egypt’s prime minister Sherif Ismail dies at 67

Sherif Ismail, the former Egyptian prime minister who served during President Abdel Fattah al-first Sisi's term, died on Saturday at the age of 67. 

"I mourn with deep sorrow the loss of a virtuous man among Egypt's best, a man who embodied the nation's conscience, the honorable Dr. Sherif Ismail," the president wrote on his Facebook page. 

Ismail was sworn in as Prime Minister in 2015, but resigned in 2018 as Sisi began his second presidential term following a landslide victory over one of his supporters. 

According to Sisi, Ismail took on responsibility in the most difficult of circumstances and during the most difficult of times. 

Ismail oversaw a period of difficult economic reforms that included a sharp currency depreciation in late 2016, followed by subsidy cuts tied to a $12 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. 

Mostafa Madbouli, a former housing minister, has been prime minister since 2018, overseeing further economic reforms, another IMF loan, and a sharp currency devaluation over the past year.

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