Egypt: Manifestations of Transport Ministry Militarization

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Amgad Hamdi

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The Cairo Station fire incident on February 27, 2019 – when a train crash caused huge blaze after fuel tank exploded, triggering resignation of former Transport Minister Hisham Arafat and appointment of Kamel Al-Wazir, the former head of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority (AFEA) – has raised many questions about the phenomenon of militarization in Egypt, and some considered it a trend towards militarization of the Ministry of Transport. However, the appointment of al-Wazir is not a trend but rather an extension and consolidation of the already existing phenomenon of militarization of Egypt in general and the Transport Ministry in particular, being one of the first ministries to be militarized.

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