President gets new spokesperson

Presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali has been reassigned as director of the Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center, and replaced by President Mohamed Morsy’s advisor for Egyptian expatriates, Ayman Ali.

Sources said on Thursday that the move was part of a broader restructuring plan for the president’s team that would be presented to Morsy for approval on Saturday.

Ali came under heavy criticism for relentlessly denying news reports, and the president wanted to relieve him of this pressure, the sources said.

Yasser Ali, 48, was appointed as spokesperson on 30 June. He is a dermatologist who joined the Muslim Brotherhood in 1987, and has a diploma in media from Cairo University.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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