Egypt President Sisi appoints new armed forces chief: Presidency

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Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appointed Lieutenant General Osama Askar as chief of staff of the armed forces, the presidency said on Wednesday.

Askar was previously the head of the Armed Forces operations authority. He was also the commander of the eastern canal forces for combating terrorism and the development of the Sinai.

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His appointment comes a day after Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said that he had ended the state of emergency in the country for the first time in years, the president wrote in a Facebook post.

Egypt first imposed a state of emergency in April 2017 and has extended it at three-month intervals since.

Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world, with almost 100 million people, who have been under state of emergency restrictions since April 2017.

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