The Egyptian Republican Guard refused to implement a plan by former president
Mohamed Morsi to remove key members of the military leadership, according to
military sources quoted by the Egyptian El-Watan newspaper on Sunday.
isolated president tried to listen in on top leaders of the armed forces, and in
particular the commander of the Republican Guard, who he wanted to
Egyptian intelligence was monitoring phone calls between members
of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership and the presidential palace, revealing a
plan to remove commander of the Egyptian armed forces and Defense Minister Abdel
Egyptian intelligence informed Sisi of what was observed
and he ordered that the matter be kept secret.
The sources also said that
the isolated president tried to create a split within the army by contacting
military leaders, without Sisi’s knowledge, to find someone to replace
Morsi even resorted to contacting ex-army commander Mohamed Hussein
Tantawi to smooth over the clash with Sisi, but he did not comply.
mass anti-Morsi protest of June 30 approached, Morsi asked the head of the
Republican Guard to arrest prominent figures: Judges, members of the media and
members of the opposition – but he refused to carry out the orders.
report stated that Sisi felt that a dangerous situation was approaching and
feared increased violence on the street and held a meeting with military leaders
to coordinate his moves. Part of the plan was to secure the Sinai and prevent
the infiltration of jihadist elements.
In addition, the advisor of the
president, Essam al-Haddad, told the US to suspend military aid, according to