Egypt appoints first-ever Christian woman as governor
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has sworn in several new provincial governors, including the first-ever Coptic Christian woman to hold the position.
Manal Awad Mikhail was appointed governor of Damietta province on Thursday. She was previously a deputy for the Giza governor.
The reshuffle included new governors for Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Aswan and North Sinai.
Egypt appointed the first-ever female governor to the province of Beheira in a reshuffle last year. The Beheira governor was changed in Thursday's reshuffle.
Christians, who constitute about 10 percent of Egypt's Muslim-majority population of 100 million, have long complained of discrimination and their under-representation in top government positions. Christians strongly supported general-turned-president Sisi who led the ousting of his Islamist predecessor.
Egypt's current cabinet includes eight female ministers, the highest in the country's modern history. (AP)