Retired Egyptian Army General Takes Over Key Role in Sissi's Government

The role of Egyptian Supply Minister is a key post whose occupant will be tasked with ensuring availability and distribution of subsidized basic food items.

Egypt's former Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi attends the Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, March 14, 2015.
Egypt's former Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafi attends the Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, March 14, 2015.Credit: Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters

A retired Egyptian army general has been named the country's supply minister, a key post whose occupant will be tasked with ensuring availability and distribution of subsidized basic food items.

Tuesday's appointment of Maj-Gen. Mohammed Ali el-Sheikh, who retired about 18 months ago, underlines the military's growing role in the running of the country since Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, himself a career soldier, took office in June 2014.

El-Sheikh replaces Khaled Hanafi, who quit last month amid corruption allegations.

Prior to his retirement from active service, el-Sheikh was in charge of the military's supply network, which oversees the distribution of food, water and fuel to all units. Following his retirement, he took over the military's department running outlets selling food items at discount prices.

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