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Egypt announces reshuffle in top army positions

Iran Press TV

Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:55PM

Egyptian Defense Minister Sedky Sobhy has announced a reshuffle in a number of high military positions.

Among those replaced in the Sunday shake-up of senior military authorities were the commander of the Egyptian Navy, the head of the military intelligence and the chief of the second army, the Cairo-based al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

According to the report, Navy commander, Rear Admiral Osama El-Gendy, was replaced with Rear Admiral Osama Mounir, who served as the navy chief of staff prior to his new appointment. Rear Admiral Ahmed Khaled also replaced Mounir as the navy's new chief of staff.

The military shake-up also included the replacement of the head of military intelligence, Major General Salah El-Badry, with Major General Mohamed El-Shahat, who previously served as the head of the second army.

El-Shahat's former position was given to Major General Nasser El-Assy, who served as the second army's chief of staff.

Egypt's second army is the regional division deployed along the Suez Canal and in North Sinai. The division has been engaged in fierce battles against armed militancy in Sinai, which has escalated since a military coup led by then army chief, Sisi, against the country's first freely-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in July 2013.

The development comes just over a week after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced that securing access to the Red Sea through Bab al-Mandab Strait off Yemen's coast is his country's top priority.

In a later speech broadcast on state television, the former Egyptian military chief claimed that securing the strategic waterway was also a matter of "Arab national security."

The oil-rich Persian Gulf Arab states have pledged at least $50 billion in aid and investments to Egypt since the ouster of Morsi.

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