After two major scandals in Egypt in one week, the government has taken actions to curb corruption both inside and outside the public sector. First the public prosecutor has moved to investigate the alleged embezzlement of former Agriculture Minister Salah El-Din Mahmoud. Second, the Egyptian government is actively responding to the robbery of dozens of gold bars from the Egyptian Mint.
The government announced that the arrest of the former minister after the corruption allegation, which makes him the first high-profile official to be arrested in such a case under President Al-Sisi. With regards to the Egyptian Mint, the Minister of Interior announced the arrest of the criminals and also its efforts to recover the stolen gold. The arrest of the former Minister of Agriculture and the alleged pilferers sends a clear message that the government is trying to restore law and order in Egypt.