Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Morsy fires spy chief, North Sinai governor and other security chiefs after attack on border guard

The Egyptian president Mohamed Morsy has replaced intelligence chief Mourad Mowafy with Abdel Wahed Shehata in the wake of the recent attack on the Egypt-Israel border in Sinai, said presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali on Wednesday.
Mowafy was quote in the Egyptian press as saying that Egypt had information that something was going to happen in Sinai, but that he did not think that Muslims would attack other Muslims during Ramadan. 
Spokesman Ali also announced that Hamed Zaki has been appointed head of the presidential guard, and that North Sinai Governor Abdel Wahab Mabrouk has been dismissed from his post. Moreover Mohamed Refaa al-Tahtawi was named as Morsy's new chief of staff. Tahtawi had been serving as the assistant foreign minister and is a former spokesperson for Al-Azhar.
Following orders to improve the central security department, Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin appointed Maged Nouh as assistant minister for central security and Osama al-Saghir as assistant minister for the Cairo security department. Ali also announced that Hamdi Badin, commander of the military police, would be replaced.

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