Egypt sacks rail authority chief after string of lethal accidents

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Calls on social media have urged the minister himself to step down for the accidents blamed on poor infrastructure and upkeep.

Egypt’s railways chief has been sacked following a string of lethal prepare disasters, two days after the newest accident that value 11 lives.

“The goal of these decisions is not merely about leadership changes of the authority but are in line with the next stage which demands…a complete upgrade of the railway network,” the transport ministry mentioned on Tuesday.

The adjustments “underway aim to provide better services, working around the clock to serve commuters and to upgrade…this essential service which transports millions of passengers yearly”, it mentioned in an announcement.

Transport Minister Kamel el-Wazir’s shuffle of 10 high officers in Egypt’s embattled railways authority, together with its head Ashraf Raslan, follows an uproar within the Arab world’s most populous nation over mismanagement of dilapidated prepare strains.

Calls on social media have urged the minister himself to step down however he has stood agency.

Egyptian rail accidents are largely blamed on poor infrastructure and upkeep.

On Sunday, 11 folks had been killed and scores injured in a farming city within the fertile Nile Delta exterior the capital when 4 prepare carriages got here off the tracks.

Last month, no less than 20 folks died and nearly 200 had been injured in a crash in southern Egypt, in line with the newest official toll, which authorities have revised a number of occasions.

Fifteen folks had been additionally injured earlier this month when two prepare carriages derailed near Minya al-Qamh, north of Cairo.

Wazir, a former basic, was named transport minister after a 2019 prepare collision that was blamed on human error.

“We have a problem with the human element,” he mentioned final month on a tv discuss present, pledging to arrange an automatic community by 2024.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has vowed to carry to account these liable for the recurrent lethal accidents on Egypt’s railways in recent times.

One of the deadliest got here in 2002 when a fireplace ripped by means of a crowded prepare south of the capital, killing 373 folks.