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Sisi appoints Egyptian anti-corruption czar

One watchdog says more than $57bn was illegally amassed among certain individuals in Egypt between 2000 and 2008
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi gives a speech at the Egypt economic development conference held in Sharm el-Sheikh in March (AFP)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has appointed the former head of Egypt's Administrative Supervisory Authority (ASA) to serve as his advisor in the fight against corruption, the presidency announced on Thursday.

In a statement, the presidency announced that Mohamed Omar Heiba had been appointed as al-Sisi's advisor following the expiry of his tenure as head of the ASA.

The ASA monitors the performance of civil servants, makes public-sector promotions, and fights state corruption.

Heiba's new mandate, the presidency said, would be to ensure coordination between the ASA and security agencies and recommend mechanisms for fighting corruption.

In 2014, Egypt ranked 94th in Transparency International's "corruption perceptions index".

The index measures the extent of public-sector corruption in 175 countries around the world.

In 2011, Global Integrity, a Washington-based watchdog, asserted that a staggering $57.2 billion had been illegally amassed by certain individuals in Egypt between 2000 and 2008.

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