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Egypt's Sisi appoints former PM, defence, interior ministers as presidential aides

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Jun 2018
File Photo: Egypt's President Abd El Fattah El-Sisi with Former Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, former Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhy and former Prime Minister Sherif Ismail (Photo: courtesy of The Egyptian Presidency)
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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has appointed former Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, former Defence Minister Sedki Sobhy and former Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar as presidential aides, according to an announcement published on Friday in Egypt's official gazette.
The decision, made effective by presidential decree, appoints former Prime Minister Ismail as the presidential aide for national and strategic projects.
Former Defence Minister Sobhi has been appointed as the president's aide for defence affairs, and former Interior Minister Abdel-Ghaffar as the presidential advisor for security and counterterrorism affairs.
A new cabinet headed by newly-appointed Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly was sworn in before the Egyptian president on Thursday. 
The new cabinet replaces that of former PM Ismail, which submitted its resignation to President El-Sisi last week, following his swearing-in for a second term as president on 2 June.
The new cabinet includes 12 new ministers out of a total of 32.
The foreign, justice, investment and tourism ministers all retained their positions, as did some economy-related ministers, such as those of supply and planning.
Mohamed Ahmed Zaki was named minister of defence, succeeding Sobhy, who held the post for more than four years, while Mahmoud Tawfik replaced Abdel-Ghaffar as interior minister.
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