President Mohamed Morsy named Mohamed Refaa al-Tahtawi as his new chief of staff today. Tahtawi had been serving as the assistant foreign minister and is a former spokesperson for Al-Azhar.
The announcement comes on the heels of the news that Morsy has replaced intelligence chief Mourad Mowafy with Abdel Wahed Shehata in the wake of the recent attack on the Egypt-Israel border in Sinai, said presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali on Wednesday.
Ali also announced that Hamed Zaki has been appointed head of the presidential guard, and North Sinai Governor Abdel Wahab Mabrouk has been dismissed from his post.
Following orders to improve the central security department, Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin appointed Maged Nouh as assistant minister for central security and Osama al-Saghir as assistant minister for the Cairo security department.
Ali also announced that Hamdi Badin, commander of the military police, would be replaced.
The announcements were made on the state-run Nile News TV channel after Morsy held a meeting on Wednesday with the National Defense Council. Attendees discussed the implications of Sunday’s attack by unknown gunmen on a security checkpoint near the Egyptian-Israeli border, which killed 16 Egyptian security officers.
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