The successor to Farid Hegazy.. Osama Askar as the new chief of staff of the Egyptian army

Today, Wednesday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi decided to appoint Lieutenant-General Osama Rushdi Askar as the new Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Army, succeeding Lieutenant-General Mohamed Farid Hegazy.

A statement by the Egyptian presidency stated that the Egyptian President issued a decision appointing Lieutenant-General Osama Ahmed Rushdi Abdullah Askar, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of War, without further details.

According to a later statement, Sisi decided to appoint Hegazy as his advisor for the “Decent Life” initiative, which is concerned with providing aid to Egyptians in need.

The Egyptian president has the right to appoint military leaders, as he is the supreme commander of the armed forces.

Askar assumed command of the Third Army (Northeast) by a decision issued in August 2012, and was promoted by a decision of Sisi to a team with assuming a unified command of the East Canal region and the fight against terrorism on January 31, 2015.

In December 2016, Askar held the position of Assistant Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces for Sinai Development Affairs, before assuming the presidency of the operations of the armed forces, and finally the position of Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

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