Egypt president orders retirement of defense minister
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||12 August 2012|
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August 12, 2012
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi is now an adviser to the president.
Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi has reportedly ordered the retirement of the powerful head of the country's armed forces, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.
He also canceled a constitutional declaration aimed at curbing presidential powers.
A presidential spokesman said Mursi had appointed Tantawi as his adviser.
Mursi also decreed that Abdul-Fatah al-Sessi would replace Tantawi as defense minister and the general commander of the army.
Mursi, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, also sent into retirement the chief of the army staff, Sami Anan, and also appointed him as a presidential adviser.
Relations between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood have been tense since the downfall of former President Hosni Mubarak.
Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and Reuters