Egypt President Forces Top General to Retire
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi ordered Minister of Defense Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi to retire Sunday, along with Chief of Staff Sami Enan. Morsi then appointed military intelligence chief Abdel Fatah El-Sisi to succeed Tantawi and Sedky Sobhy to replace Enan. The move came after Morsi annulled an addendum to the constitution implemented by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in mid June that gave the military broad autonomy and would keep Tantawi as defense minister until the new constitution was finished. Both Tantawi and Enan were awarded medals and appointed as advisers to the president. Morsi also shuffled various other officials, including retiring the commander of the navy and the air force.
Morsi also issued a new constitutional declaration Sunday, which according to reports gives the presidency the full executive and legislative authority. In addition, the declaration also gives Morsi the ability to create a new Constituent Assembly, the body tasked with drafting Egypt’s new constitution, if anything should prevent the current assembly from performing its responsibilities.
Additionally, armed men in Sinai reportedly launched an attack on Egyptian peacekeeping forces in the peninsula. The incident is suspected to be a backlash to the military’s campaign to reassert control over the border region after last week’s attack that killed sixteen. No injuries were reported in Sunday’s attack.