Morsi moves on Egypt military
13 August 2012, 07:27
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.
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
Morsi also appointed a senior judge, Mahmoud Mekki, as vice president. All decisions are effective immediately.
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
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.
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