Sobhi Named Egypt Defense Minister After Seesi Presidential Bid

The chief of staff of Egypt’s armed forces was appointed defense minister, succeeding Abdel-Fattah el-Seesi, who has resigned to run for president.

Mahmoud Hegazy replaced Sobhi as army chief of staff, according to an e-mailed statement from the presidency. Al-Seesi announced his resignation as military chief yesterday and said he would contest upcoming presidential elections that he’s favored to win.

In 2012, Sedki Sobhi was promoted to chief of staff by then-president Mohamed Mursi as part of the same shake-up of the top tier of the armed forces that catapulted al-Seesi to the defense ministry. The following year, the military led the ouster of Mursi, the country’s first democratically elected civilian president.

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