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Egyptian Minister of Transport Kamel al-Wazir, has replaced the head of the railway authority on Tuesday, following a series of deadly train crashes in one month.

Ashraf Raslan was removed from his position and to serve as an advisor to the minister, according to a ministry statement.

Mostafa Abdel-Latif Abul-Makarem would be the acting head of the authority for one year.

These decisions were part of 10 senior appointments al-Wazir made within the railway authority.

His changes “were in line with the next stage which requires a number of qualified (personnel) to continue the comprehensive development for the railway network,” the ministry said in its statement.

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The outgoing head, Raslan, was appointed in July 2018 amid similar circumstances, as his predecessor was also removed following a deadly train derailment.

Since March 26, Egypt had seen several train accidents which left some 30 people killed and hundreds injured.

In February 2019, an unmanned locomotive rammed into a platform at Cairo’s train station that caused fire that claimed 31 lives.

Egypt’s worst rail disaster took place in 2002, when a passenger train caught fire, killing more than 360 people.

(dpa/NAN)

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