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Egypt president orders military chief Tantawi to retire

August 12, 2012


A picture taken on February 11, 2012 shows Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, head of Egypt's ruling military council, smiling during a meeting in Cairo. Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi replaced Defence Minister Mohammed Hussein Tantawi and sent him into retirement, official news agency MENA reported on August 12, 2012. -AFP Photo

CAIRO: Islamist President Mohamed Mursi ordered Egypt's two top generals to retire, including Hussein Tantawi who led the nation after Hosni Mubarak was ousted, and appointed two generals in their place, the presidential spokesman announced on Sunday.

President Mohamed Mursi also cancelled a constitutional declaration aiming to limit presidential powers which the ruling army council issued in June as the election that brought Mursi to power drew to a close.

Defence Minister Tantawi, who served Mubarak as a minister for 20 years, and Chief of Staff Sami Enan were both appointed as advisers to Mursi. Spokesman Yasser Ali said the changes among Egypt's top brass were effective immediately.