Egypt’s state-run MENA news agency said Monday that President el-Sissi had dismissed Hesham Genena, head of the Central Auditing Organization.
Genena ran into controversy in December after he was quoted by the newspaper Youm 7 as saying corruption had siphoned off $67.6 billion (60.4 billion euros) in 2015. He later clarified that that figure covered four years and was arrived at following an exhaustive study.
El-Sissi appointed a presidential commission that quickly concluded that Genena had misled the public. The presidency did not spell out in a decree why Genena was dismissed, but the move came hours after the State Security Prosecution said his findings were inaccurate. Read more