Sisi in reshuffle of Egyptian security forces

Sisi in reshuffle of Egyptian security forces
2 min read
29 October, 2017
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has named a new armed forces chief of staff, along with other new appointments to the Egyptian military's top brass.
Sisi came to power after the 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi [Getty]

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has named a new armed forces chief-of-staff, the presidency said in a brief statement on Saturday.

Former defence ministry secretary general Mohammed Farid Hegazy was appointed to the post, although no reason was given by the presidency for the reshuffle.

Hegazy's predecessor Mahmoud Hegazy, who had held the post since March 2014, was named a presidential adviser.

The interior ministry on Saturday also announced changes in key security positions, both nationally and in Giza province.

On 20 October, the province was the scene of an attack that claimed the lives of at least 16 police officers in the Western Desert, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) southwest of Cairo.

Linked to Sisi through the marriage of their respective children, Mahmoud Hegazy recently returned from Washington where military chiefs had gathered to discuss fighting "terrorism".

Mohammed Farid Hegazy's appointment marks a major change in the military establishment.

Sisi came to power after the 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, for whom he had served as defence minister.

The country's armed forces have since faced an Islamist insurgency including by the Islamic State group, which has left hundreds of policemen and soldiers dead.

The insurgency is concentrated on North Sinai province, although IS has also extended its presence to southern Egypt and the Nile Delta, north of the capital