June 28, 2018 / 1:37 PM / a year ago

Egypt's Sisi swears in former top aide as intelligence chief

FILE PHOTO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi swore in Major General Abbas Kamel on Thursday to serve as chief of the country’s General Intelligence Service, state news agency MENA reported.

Kamel had served as the president’s chief-of-staff until January when Sisi appointed him as interim intelligence chief, replacing Khaled Fawzi.

Kamel’s swearing in comes two weeks after Sisi replaced both the ministers of defence and interior following his re-election in March, in the broadest cabinet shake-up to date since he became president in 2014.

Reporting by Ahmed Tolba; Writing by Eric Knecht; editing by Sami Aboudi and Toby Chopra

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