CAIRO - Egypt President Mohamed Morsi ordered two top generals to retire, including Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi who led the nation after Hosni Mubarak was ousted, with no explanation given to the decision.
President Mohamed Morsi also canceled a constitutional declaration aiming to limit presidential powers which the ruling army council issued in June as the election that brought Mursi to power drew to a close.
Defense Minister Tantawi, who served Mubarak as a minister for 20 years, and Chief of Staff Sami Enan were both appointed as advisers to Morsi.
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Spokesman Yasser Ali said the changes among Egypt's top brass were effective immediately.
President Morsi, 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 last year.
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 move.
The story is developing â¦
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net