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Monday, 11 March 2019

El Wazir to take the helm of Egypt’s Transport Ministry

MOVES- Engineering Authority’s Kamel El Wazir named new transport minister: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi tapped the current head of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority, Kamel El Wazir, to serve as the nation’s new transport minister, replacing Hisham Arafat, who stepped down after a deadly train crash at Cairo’s main train station. El Sisi made the announcement during the Armed Forces’ observance of Martyrs' Day, according to Ahram Online.

Takes office today: The House of Representatives approved El Wazir’s appointment in a session on Sunday, and he is due to take the constitutional oath before the president today, the domestic press reported. The authority’s chief of staff, Ehab El Far, will reportedly take on El Wazir’s former position. El Sisi’s appointment of a new minister comes in the aftermath of the Ramses train disaster last month.

The foreign press widely covered the announcement, with pickups from the Associated Press, The National, China’s Xinhua and France’s AFP. Wire pickups are all noting that the Armed Forces are being brought in to run a civilian portfolio.

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