Ahmed Abdeen

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Ahmed Abdeen
Minister of State for Local Development
In office
2 August 2012 – 5 January 2012
Prime Minister Hisham Qandil
Preceded by Mohamed Attia
Succeeded by Mohammed Ali Beshr
Personal details
Nationality Egyptian
Political party Independent

Ahmed Zaki Abdeen or Abdin is a retired Egyptian military officer and former minister of state for local development in the Qandil cabinet.


Abdeen is a retired military general.[1][2] He was appointed head of Dar El-Hayaa El-Handasia which is affiliated with the armed forces. He also worked as an engineer officer in Egypt's Armed Forces[3] and a military attaché at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C. from 1993 to 1995.[1] He then served as the head of the Egyptian Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, and of the CCAMLR construction cooperatives. He was appointed governor of Beni Suef in 2006.[3] Then he was named as the governor of Kafr El-Sheikh in 2008.[1][4] He retained his post in the August 2011 reshuffle of governors and it led to protests due Abdeen's alleged close link to National Democratic Party.[5]

He was appointed minister of state for local development on 2 August 2012, replacing Mohamed Attia.[6][7] His major function in this post was to maintain a link between the central government and all the regional governors and assemblies.[1] The other main function of him was to organize local council elections.[1] When he was in office, his proposal to close down shops at 10 pm in Egypt led to controversy.[8] This controversial proposal was not put into effect.[8] Abdeen was replaced by Mohammed Ali Beshr as minister of state for local development in a cabinet reshuffle on 5 January 2013.[8]


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  5. ^ Gamal Essam El Din (7 August 2011). "Opposition slams new governor appointments". Ahram Online. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Enein, Ahmed Aboul (1 August 2012). "A closer look at Qandil’s cabinet". Daily News. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  7. ^ El Din, Gamal Essam. "Technocrats outnumber Islamists in Egypt's new Qandil government". Ahram Online. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "Egypt's cabinet reshuffle to see new interior, finance ministers". Ahram Online. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013.