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Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's president, has dismissed the head of the armed forces and defence minister, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, according to the country's state news agency.
President Mohammed Morsi also appointed a senior judge, Mahmoud Mekki, as vice president.
Yasser Ali, the presidential spokesperson, said in a news conference aired on state TV on Sunday, that Morsi appointed a new defence minister, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
Tantawi headed the military council that ruled Egypt for 17 months after Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February 2011.
The decisions announced wi
Originally posted by Peruvianmonk
Wow, big power move from Egypt's newly elected government. It appears they will no longer tolerate the amount of power that the old military guard hold in Egypt.
With the other stories coming in just the last few hours...I think I need to get out and top fuel tanks...cans....and some gaps I've left on my food shelves, figuring this wasn't coming for awhile yet. awww crap..this could be coming a lot sooner than even those on the more doomy predictions have said. This is one heck of a Saturday so far
Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, who led Egypt after Hosni Mubarak was ousted, retires as defence minster and Sami Anan steps down as chief of staff.
They saw the number two general on the council, Sami Enan, as more amenable to personal ties. In fact, Enan was in Washington when the Cairo protests erupted. That puts the 62-year-old Soviet-trained chief of staff, in the unusual position of being both Washington's and the Muslim Brotherhood's favourite general. The movement has described him as incorruptible and as one of its cleric put it: "He can be the future man of Egypt … I think he will be acceptable."
Morsi also cancelled a constitutional declaration aiming to limit presidential powers which the ruling army council issued in June as the election that brought him to power drew to a close.
a weakened Egyptian military coupled with a strong Islamist led government simply means that Egypt has no ambitions in the region beyond its own borders. I think the message being sent is that Egypt has no intentions of involving itself with the unsuccessful and clumsy anti-Israeli, anti-Jew clique; without regards to a peace treaty.
if they led the egyptian military like mubarak ran the government, what type of strength do you think their replacements will be capable of? egypt is decades from being capable of any sustained activity beyond its own borders.
Thousands of Egyptians celebrated the announcement on Sunday night in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that played home to the protests that ousted Mubarak. "The people support the president's decision," the crowd chanted. Others mocked Tantawi's departure, presented officially as a retirement. "Marshal, tell the truth, did Morsi fire you?" they said.
Al Jazeera’s Rawya Rageh, reporting from Cairo, said: "The country may be without a constitution, but there are constitutional declarations that specify the job description of the president, and it is perfectly within the realm of his authority to hire and fire senior government officials." "But I guess the talk about all of this is emanating from the fact that this was such a surprising and bold move," she said. "Morsi who did not want to defy the military initially, seized on the opportunity of the border attack to end the political career of one of the longest serving military men in the country.