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Vol 59 No 2

Published 26th January 2018


Egypt

El Sisi's shrinking circle

The President sacked his spy chief a day before announcing his re-election bid. The narrowing of his inner circle betrays jitters

President Abdel Fattah el Sisi's office announced the departure of Khaled Fawzy as head of the General Intelligence Service (GIS) on 18 January, the day before the President formally declared his intention to stand in the presidential election at the end of March. It was the second high-level dismissal in recent months, following the sacking of Mahmoud Hegazy, one of El Sisi's closest associates, as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces in late October. Fawzy has been replaced in the meantime by Kamal Ahmed, the director of the presidential office.

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