June 14, 2018 / 10:52 AM / a year ago

Egypt appoints new minister of defence in new cabinet -state television

CAIRO, June 14 (Reuters) - Egypt has appointed a new minister of defence in a cabinet sworn in on Thursday by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to mark the start of his second term in office.

Mohamed Ahmed Zaki Mohamed was named minister of defence, replacing Sedki Sobhi.

Sisi in April won re-election with 97 percent of the vote after a campaign season that saw a top challenger jailed and all other serious contenders pull out. (Reporting by Ahmed Tolba Writing by Eric Knecht; editing by Sami Aboudi)

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