Egypt president orders military chief Tantawi to retire

August 12, 2012 19:21

CAIRO - Islamist President Mohamed Morsy 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 Morsy also cancelled a constitutional declaration aiming to limit presidential powers which the ruling army council issued in June as the election that brought Morsy 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 Morsy.

Spokesman Yasser Ali said the changes among Egypt's top brass were effective immediately.

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