Egypt names new military intelligence chief

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Egyptian officials say the director of the powerful military intelligence agency has been replaced by his deputy.

They said on Sunday that the new head of the agency, Major-General Khaled Megawer, a career soldier who commanded the 2nd Army and served as military attache in Washington.

The outgoing director, Maj-Gen Mohammed Farag el-Shahat, was named an assistant to the defence minister.

Appointments in the Egyptian military are made by the defence minister and ratified by the president, who is the supreme commander of the armed forces.

General-turned-president Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi led the military intelligence before he was named defence minister in 2012. A year later, he led the military's ouster of a freely elected but divisive Islamist president amid street protests against his one-year rule.

He was elected president a year later.

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