Egypt’s former local development minister Abdel-Salam Mahgoub dies at 86

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Feb 2022

Former local development minister and governor of Alexandria Mohamed Abdel-Salam Mahgoub passed away at the age of 86 on Monday evening.

Mohamed Mahgoub
File Photo: Former minister of local development Mohamed Abdel-Salam Mahgoub. Photo courtesy of Ministry of local development Facebook page.

On Tuesday, state officials and mourners attended Mahgoub’s funeral prayers in Nasr City’s Aal Rashdan Mosque after the noon prayers.

Mahgoub was born in Daqahliya in 1935. He earned a Bachelor of Military Science from the Military College in 1955.

During his career, he served as a military attaché, and vice president of the General Intelligence Service.

He also served as governor of Ismailia from 1994 to 1997.

Mahgoub then served as the governor of Alexandria from 1997 to 2006. During his nine-year tenure in the Mediterranean governorate, he oversaw the implementation of several infrastructure projects — such as the broadening of Alexandria's historic Corniche Road and the construction of Stanley Bridge — which forever transformed the face of Egypt’s second capital.

In 2006, Mahgoub was appointed as minister of local development.

“He was one of those governors who played a major role in developing his governorates and providing services to citizens and investors,” Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy remembered Mahgoub in a statement.

“He presided over the local development ministry at a very critical time, working to support different governorates and support the handling of all relevant bodies,” added Shaarawy.  

Speaker of the Senate Abdel-Wahab Razek also eulogised Mahgoub saying: “We lost a great national figure who gave a lot to his country.”

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