August 17, 2019 / 1:45 PM / a month ago

Egypt's Sisi appoints new Suez Canal Authority chairman- statement

CAIRO, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi appointed Lieutenant General Osama Rabie as chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, the presidency said in a statement on Saturday.

Its previous head, Mohab Mamish, was appointed as an advisor to the president on seaports, the statement said.

The Suez Canal is the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia and one of the Egyptian government’s main sources of foreign currency.

Reporting by Mohamed Hendawy; Writing by Nadine Awadalla; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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