Kamel al-Wazir appointed as Egypt’s new transportation minister

CAIRO, March 11 (Xinhua) — Kamel al-Wazir, the former head of the army’s engineering authority, took the presidential oath on Monday as the new minister of transportation in Egypt, state-run Ahram newspaper reported on its website.

Wazir replaced Hisham Arafat, who resigned after a train crash that killed at least 22 and injured dozens.

“President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi instructed Wazir to exert utmost efforts to develop the railways system comprehensively, given the importance of that vital sector and its direct impact on the citizens’ daily life,” Bassam Radi, spokesperson of the presidency said in a statement.

The president also stressed the importance of taking all necessary measures to promote and develop the safety and security criteria, and to adopt modern electric systems, Radi added.

On Sunday, Egyptian parliament approved the appointment of Wazir.

In a cultural symposium held on Sunday by Egypt’s Armed Forces on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day, President Sisi promoted Wazir from major general to lieutenant general.

“I vow that you will see a different railway authority on 30 June 2020, and I vow that I will give all the support necessary for major general Wazir to make this utility a success story,” said Sisi.

For his part, Wazir vowed that he will improve the performance of all the sectors affiliated with the Ministry of Transport.

“We will prove that we are patriotic Egyptians seeking to improve our country,” said Wazir.