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Egyptian president names new army chief after militant attacks

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has named a new chief of staff of the armed forces.

Mr El-Sissi issued a decree naming Lieutenant General Mohamed Farid Hegazy as the country's new military chief, replacing Lieutenant General Mahmoud Hegazy.

The latter was named as presidential adviser for strategic planning and crisis management.

Mahmoud Hegazy had also served as the chairman of a contact group for Libya, among other roles, and the government's point man for managing Egypt's role in arbitrating between factions of that troubled country.

No reason was given for the shuffling of roles between the two men, who are not related.

The move comes a week after militants killed at least 16 security forces in an ambush during an anti-terrorist raid in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area in Giza province, about 84 miles southwest of Cairo.

The Interior Ministry also announced its own shake-up, replacing the head of the National Security Agency, the agency's Giza directorate chief, as well as several other top security officials in the area.

AP

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