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Colonel General Sobhi replaces Field Marshal El-Sisi as Egypt's defence minister

Egypt's former army chief-of-staff Sedki Sobhi replaces future presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi as defence minister; Hegazy chosen as new chief-of-staff

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Mar 2014
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Egypt's newly appointed defence minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhi (L) and Major General Mahmoud Hegazi (R) the new army chief-of-staff (Photo courtesy of Egypt's army spokesman's official Facebook page)
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Former chief-of-staff Sedki Sobhi was sworn in by interim president Adly Mansour on Thursday as new defence minister after former Egyptian army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi officially resigned the post earlier in the day.

El-Sisi had announced his resignation from the army and intention to run for the country's presidency late on Wednesday in a speech aired on state TV.

Field Marshall El-Sisi attended a cabinet meeting on Thursday in civilian attire and presented his resignation to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab, exchanging farewells with cabinet ministers.

As a precursor of his appointment to the Ministry of Defence, Sobhi was promoted colonel general by Interim President Adly Mansour on Wednesday, a rank historically reserved solely for this post.

Graduating from Egypt's Military Academy in 1976, Sobhi has since held many senior posts, including the command of Egypt's Third Army, stationed in Suez and South Sinai, and his recent position as deputy chief of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which he now heads as minister of defence.

Replacing Sobhi as chief-of-staff is Lieutenant General Mahmoud Hegazi, head of military intelligence, the post held by El-Sisi before his promotion to minister of defence under ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in August, 2012.

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abdulrahman
28-03-2014 05:31pm
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Egyptians Will Get El Sisi But Not El DEMOCRACY
The Presidential elections will be heavily rigged to show mass support for El Sisi which otherwise he would lose face. Officials involved in the elections and the related activities are fearful of the low turn out and poor support that might be given to El Sisi. The recent court verdict on 529 MB supporters is an obvious example. Only a free independent team of international election monitors could help legitimize the winner. El Sisi will re usher the military dominance that existed since President Nasser, after a break of about one and half years. The future outlook for majority of Egyptians who have been manipulated politically will be as bleak as in the past. There is a kind of feeling that a coup, which El Sisi has foreseen and therefore reorganized the military leadership to thwart it, would depose President El Sisi and introduce another truly road map which will be free from military dominance.
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Dimitrios
28-03-2014 08:02am
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A glorious day.
It is a glorious day for Egypt. The democratic revolution of the Egyptian people against the tyranny and terrorists continues.
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Aly Pasha, Maadi
28-03-2014 06:58am
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Questions
Is he battle tested?Does he has foreign education in war colleges? Does he knowledgeable with modern war gears? Is he in good health? What is his philosophy and vision about our foot-soldiers? thanks for freedom of speech and free press. We all love Egypt.
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Khan
27-03-2014 06:59pm
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Need change
Unless Egyptian do not change themself .no one can change egypt .i think egyptian need stick not freedom if they get freedom they will messup country .how they messup only one year democracy
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Allen
27-03-2014 06:10pm
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Great transition time to build Egypt from the ruins of the Muslim brotherhood terrorists.
Keep the brotherhood on the run as you clean Egypt from the cancer of terror. Good luck to you and all Egyptians
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George Masri
27-03-2014 09:51pm
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The Ikhwan "ruled" for a few months, the army ruled since Faruk
And the result is diusaster after disaster after disaster. No amount of pathological hatred for Islam and the Islamists would obliterate the fact that the army is the biggest calamity that may befall Egypt. Eventually, the military rule will fail and Sissi will escape to Jedda or UAE...and the Ikhwan will make a victorious comeback.
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Hesham Tawfik
27-03-2014 05:04pm
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Black day
It is a black day in Egypt history
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