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Morsi appoints new head of Egypt government watchdog

President's decision follows allegations that former head of Administrative Control Authority had covered up evidence of Mubarak-era government corruption

Zeinab El Gundy , Sunday 2 Sep 2012
The Adminsitrative Control Authority
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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Sunday evening changed the leadership of Egypt's Administrative Control Authority (ACA), a public-sector watchdog, by appointing Mohamed Omar Wahabi and Badawy Hamouda Ibrahim as head and deputy head of the ACA, respectively.

The move follows the dismissal of former ACA head Mohamed Farid Tohamy, who has been accused – but not convicted – of concealing evidence of corruption by former regime officials, including ousted president Hosni Mubarak, members of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and several runaway businessmen.  

The ACA was first established in 1964 as an independent organisation affiliated with the prime minister's office mandated with investigating and combating corruption in the government and public sector. Egypt boasts an extensive government apparatus, which employs some six million public workers whose salaries account for around one third of total state spending.

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