Morsi moves on Egypt military

2012-08-12 21:38

Cairo -  Egypt's Islamist president ordered his defence minister and chief of staff to retire on Sunday and cancelled the military-declared constitutional amendments that gave top generals wide powers.

It was not immediately clear whether the decision had the military's blessing. Mohammed Morsi has been in a power struggle with the military since he came to power on 30 June. Shortly before he was announced the winner of the elections, the ruling military council that took power after Hosni Mubarak's ouster stripped the presidency of many of its key powers.

Morsi also appointed a senior judge, Mahmoud Mekki, as vice president. All decisions are effective immediately.

Outgoing Defence Minister Hussein Tantawi headed the ruling military council for 17 months after Mubarak's ousting in February 2011. Before that, he was defence minister for nearly two decades under Mubarak. The military council's No 2, Chief of Staff Sami Annan, was also ordered to retire. But both men were appointed advisers to Morsi, according to state television.

Presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali said told a news conference aired on state TV that Morsi named a career army officer, Lieutenant General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, to replace Tantawi and Lieutenant General Sidki Sayed Ahmed to replace Annan.

Morsi also ordered the retirement of the commanders of the navy, air defence and air force. The retired navy commander, Lieutenant General Mohan Mameesh, was named as chair of the Suez Canal, the strategic waterway linking the Red Sea and the Mediterranean and a major source of revenues for the country.

  • peter.tee.334 - 2012-08-13 08:37

    What, NO comments??? The world truly are blind...

      jaba.kov - 2012-08-13 10:09

      Nothing to comment on for it’s a lost cause... democracy does not exist in the Middle East... from Mubarak to the Islamics; one crazy leader to the next one in waiting. As we have seen in Gaza with the offshoot of the brotherhood being Hamas – its one election in a lifetime. The Islamics are the new kid in town... the destruction will be vast and unemployment will triple as the West is slowly scared away by religious fundamentalism. Mubarak at least created an economy… better the devil you know I guess… by the time most Egyptians realise what they voted for it would be too late.

  • scebi.mkhize.3 - 2012-08-13 11:29

    it about time, with all pro-US allies must go. so egyptians get what they voted for. life everywhere, politic is a bitch

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