Egypt’s President Sisi appoints Farid Hegazy as New Army Chief of Staff

Lieutenant General Mohamed Farid Hegazi replaces Lieutenant General Mahmoud Ibrahim Hegazi as the new chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces

Farid Hegazy

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi issued a decree on Saturday to appoint Mohamed Farid Hegazy as new army chief of staff to replace his predecessor Mahmoud Hegazy, state-run Al-Ahram news website reported.

Mahmoud Hegazy is hired as a presidential adviser for strategic planning and crisis management, state-run Al-Ahram news website said.

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The new chief of staff, Mohamed Farid Hegazy, has been assistant defense minister of the country before today’s presidential decree. He once led the second field army and then he became secretary-general of the defense ministry in 2012.

Former chief of staff Mahmoud Hegazy got the post in March 2014, less than a year after the army ousted former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following mass protests against his one-year rule and his now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

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