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Egypt Leader Mursi Orders Army Chief To Resign

Relations between Mr Mursi (left) and Field Marshal Tantawi (right) have been tense

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has ordered the retirement of the powerful head of the country’s armed forces, Field Marshal Mohamad Hussein Tantawi, a presidential spokesman has said.

He also said a constitutional declaration aimed at curbing presidential powers had been cancelled.

Mr Mursi, who was elected in June, is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Relations between the Brotherhood and the military have been tense since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak.

It is not clear whether the president has the power to sack the head of the armed forces, or whether Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi will accept the moves.

The BBC’s Yolande Knell in Cairo says the president’s intervention is clearly an attempt to take decisive action in his tug of war for control with the armed forces.

Constitutional question

Under an interim constitutional declaration issued before Mr Mursi was sworn in, the president cannot rule on matters related to the military – including appointing its leaders.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf), which issued the declaration, also dissolved the Egyptian Parliament, which is dominated by the president’s Islamist allies.

As head of the Scaf, Field Marshal Tantawi became Egypt’s interim ruler after President Mubarak was ousted following mass protests in February last year.

Sunday’s presidential announcement also said armed forces chief of staff Sami Annan was retiring.

BBC

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6 Responses to Egypt Leader Mursi Orders Army Chief To Resign

  1. Bric Brac

    August 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Stop sneaking in stories whose background you have never reported. I hear your specility is sex, nudity, malice and falsehoods!!!

  2. Narrant

    August 12, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Bric brac: this news item is airing on all major news networks and others not so significant. Just keep quiet if you have nothing important to say.

  3. Narrant

    August 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Bric brac: this news item is airing on all major news networks and others not so significant, such as Tumfweko. Just keep quiet if you have nothing important to say.

  4. sheikh ahmed mwale

    August 13, 2012 at 12:16 am

    ati ‘narrant’ u re tumfweko..kikiki

  5. kakolwe

    August 13, 2012 at 5:03 am

    Hw is shooting himself in the foot. Eggyptian army is US controlled, that marshal wont resign.

  6. HANTOBOLO

    August 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    The General has to go, the Military has to serve and be loyal to the Government of the day. You can’t run a Country with the Military so powerful they could yank your chain at will.