Egypt's president sacks generals

Egypt's president Mohammed Mursi has said he ordered the retirement of two of the country's top generals for "the benefit of this nation." They had assumed presidential powers after the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

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Reports: 'No negative reaction' over Egyptian sackings

Egypt's military has shown no sign of challenging the president's surprise decision to retire the defence minister and chief of staff and seize back the powers the military grabbed from his office.

Taking the country by surprise, President Mohammed Mursi pushed Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi into retirement. The official news agency quoted an unnamed military official as saying there has been no "negative reaction" from within the military.

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Egypt's new military chief 'for the benefit of the nation'

President Mohammed Mursi said his decision to retire a number of the country's top military generals was for the benefit of the nation. In a speech on Sunday evening he said:

I did not mean to send a negative message about anyone, but my aim was the benefit of this nation and its people.

The generals were awarded medals of honour, and appointed presidential advisers. Mursi said their retirement would enable them to focus on their "professional tasks." Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said:

The decision was a sovereign one, taken by the president to pump new blood into the military establishment in the interests of developing a new, modern state.

Egypt's President appoints new defence minister

Egypt's Islamist president has ordered the retirement of the defence minister, and the military chief of staff, and cancelled the military-declared amendments made to the constitution recently.

Egypt's new defence minister Adbel Fattah al-Sissi was appointed by President Mursi. Credit: Reuters

President Mohammed Mursi, whose party the Muslim Brotherhood won both parliamentary and presidential elections in the first free vote in Egypt's modern history, appointed General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to lead the army and become the new defence minister.

Outgoing defence minister Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi and his number two, chief of staff General Sami Annan, have been appointed presidential advisors.

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