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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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.