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Vol 59 No 13

Published 29th June 2018


The lone general

President Sisi opens his second term by reshuffling the high command again as signs emerge he is planning a new ruling party

When President Abdel Fattah el Sisi was sworn in for a second term on 2 June, a 21-gun salute rang out in front of parliament to mark the occasion. A few days later, in the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, another old gun was wheeled away. The removal of Lieutenant General Sedki Sobhy as Minister of Defence and head of the army in a reshuffle on 14 June was a surprise. Formerly Sisi's own Chief of Staff, Sobhy was the last remaining figure from the top of the SCAF at the time of the July 2013 coup that brought Sisi to power.

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