‘Morsi tried to split military, dismiss defense minister’

Egyptian paper El-Watan reports Morsi tried to undermine General Fattah al-Sisi, contacted ex-army commander Tantawi.

By
July 8, 2013 00:38
1 minute read.
Egypt'sChief of Staff Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in April, 2013.

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Morsi370. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

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.

The 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 dismiss.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


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 Fattah al-Sisi.

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 him.

Morsi even resorted to contacting ex-army commander Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to smooth over the clash with Sisi, but he did not comply.

As the 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.



The 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 the report.

Related Content

People walk in front of banners with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during preparations for
July 17, 2018
Egypt targets social media, journalists with new law

By REUTERS