Tuesday,24 October, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1303, (14 - 20 July 2016)
Tuesday,24 October, 2017
Issue 1303, (14 - 20 July 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Interior changes

The Interior Ministry will embark on one of its biggest reshuffles yet, reports Ahmed Morsy

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Al-Ahram Weekly

The Interior Ministry’s annual reshuffle is due the last week of this month following the Police Academy’s graduation ceremony scheduled on 20 July.

The reshuffle is expected to include 17 assistants to the minister and four from the department’s directors after they reached the age of retirement. Five assistant ministers who will also retire this month are to remain in service until the termination of their posts in the Supreme Police Council.

The reshuffle will include 3,000 officers nationwide. It is expected to see 300 brigadier-generals promoted to major general. Moreover, according to security sources, 320 other brigadier-generals will be exempted.

“The reshuffle may witness a lot of surprises which will make it one of the largest reshuffles,” a security source said. It will witness the appointment of 22 assistant ministers replacing those who will reach the age of retirement, he said. Changes among 12 security directors are also expected. It reportedly excludes more than 500 police officers from service.

Another security source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the Interior Minister will promote young leadership to security directors to inject new blood. “They will be able to supervise the security efforts in the field and achieve an effective presence on the ground to improve the performance of officers,” he said. This comes in line with implementing the ministry’s plans during the coming period.

The sources stressed that this month’s reshuffle will work to “implement the directives of the minister, keeping in mind the wishes of the officers regarding their place of service, as well as social and psychological cases so as to have emotional stability of the officers so that they can perform their work satisfactorily”. For them, the sources added, the reshuffle will bring significant changes which will be reflected positively on the security performance during the coming stage.

According to the sources, for the first time more than 200 major-general s will be excluded as will around 400 colonels and brigadier-generals. They will, however, first be promoted.

Al-Ahram Weekly learnt that some of the major-generals will be kept in service after realising recent major security successes. Among them are Mohamed Mahmoud Sharawe, director of the National Security Apparatus, Al-Sayed Gad Al-Haq, assistant to the interior minister for public security, Hossam Nasr, the security directorate of ports, and Tarek Attia, assistant minister for human relationships.

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