New governors are mostly generals

Twenty-five governors were sworn in on Tuesday in the presence of interim President Adly Mansour, as the final step of the “wave of reform” recently announced by the government.

The selection is noteworthy in the strong presence of military men, a common feature of this post in Egypt despite calls to engage more civilians at the helm of governorates.

Presiding over the Cairo governorate, Galal Saeed stands out as one of the few governors who does not hail from a military background, having served as minister of transport in former Prime Minister Kamal al-Ganzouri’s Cabinet.

Meanwhile, former president of Cairo University Ali Abdel Rahman will continue to serve as governor of Giza.

General Tarek al-Mahdy has been named as the new governor of Alexandria, after having previously been governor of the Red Sea. General Khaled Fouda, former governor of Luxor, will continue to serve as the governor of South Sinai, as he has since August 2011. Previously, Fouda had served as military envoy to the Egyptian Embassy in Congo. Similarly, the governorate of North Sinai will not see a change in administration, with General Abdel Fattah Salem Harhour, former head of the military police, continuing in the post, which he has held since September of last year.

Also continuing in his position is former head of electronic warfare and assistant to minister of defense for research General Badr Tantawi Badr al-Ghandour as governor of Matrouh. In the New Valley, General Mohamed Ahmed Khalifa, former head of the military police and dean at the military academy, will continue to serve as governor. He was appointed to the position in June of this year.

Similarly, Port Said will continue to enjoy the efforts of its current governor and native son General Samah Mohamed Ahmed Qandil, who also served in military intelligence.

Assiut will see the return of its former governor, General Ibrahim Hamad, who held the position from April 14 to August 4 of 2011.

Mohamed Ezzat Agwa, head of the Judge’s Club in Alexandria, will serve as governor of Kafr al-Sheikh, a post occupied by five different people, all judges, since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Beni Suef also finds itself with a judge for a new governor, with the post being filled by Mohamed Magdy al-Beiteity.

General Tarek Saad Eddin has been appointed governor of Luxor. In a statement following his swearing-in, the new governor stated that he would work immediately on presenting a blueprint for accomplishing the projects prioritized by the demands of Luxor residents. Saad Eddin has previously held numerous positions in the military, including two years as military envoy to the Egyptian Embassy in the United Kingdom.

Former head of the Land Use sector in Ahmed Nazif’s Cabinet, General Omar Abdel Gawad al-Shawadfy has been appointed governor of Daqahlia, while Mohamed Ali Naeem and Mohamed Abdel Zahed have been sworn in as governors of Gharbiya and Qalyubiya, respectively.

General Abdel Mohsen Mansour, former director of arena operations has become the acting governor of Dumiatt, while General Ahmed Bahaa Eddin al-Qassas, former deputy president within the Armed Forces, has been appointed as governor of Ismailia.

Hailing from the Air Force, new governor of Aswan, General Mostafa Yousry Attalah formerly presided over its planning and administrative department, while General Arabi al-Soroury, new governor of Suez, previously led the Armed Forces’ Popular and Military Defense sectors.

Moving on from his position as assistant to the minister of interior earlier this year, and formerly serving as chairperson of the board of the police officers’ club, General Salah Eddin Hassan Ziada has been named as the new governor of Minya. General Mostafa Kamal Hodhoud, former advisor to the minister of war and head of the Armed Forces’ research center, will be taking over the role of governor in Beheira, with Mohamed Otham Atiq announced governor of Sohag.

In Qena, General Abdel Hamid al-Haggan will be replacing Muslim Brotherhood representative Salah Abdel Meguid as governor, while in Fayoum, the position has gone to Hazem Ateyallah, former vice president of Helwan University’s public service and environmental development department, as well as a professor at a tourism college.

Saeed Ali Othman, former professor at the National Institute for Research and Planning, has been named the new governor of Sharqiya.

Finally, Yasser al-Hodeiby, whose appointment to the post of governor of Monufiya was met with immediate protests by residents of the governorate, declined the position shortly before the swearing-in ceremony. Hodeiby is the grandson of former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Hassan al-Hodeiby, known for his close affiliation with the former Mubarak regime.

The governor of the Red Sea has yet to be announced.


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