Egypt retires hardline intelligence chief

December 21, 2014 12:34 PM

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's intelligence chief, who took office in mid-2013 after the overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, has been retired from the job, the presidency said on Sunday.

No reason was given in a statement for the departure of Mohamed Farid al-Tohamy, who had been a consistent advocate of the fierce security crackdown on Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood that has seen hundreds killed and thousands jailed.

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