Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president fires Military leader

As the Egyptian elections unfolded, we watched the power struggle between President Mohamed Mursi and Hussein Tantawi. Both have been jockeying for position. That jockeying may be coming to an end; Mursi has dismissed Tantawi as well as Army Chief of Staff, Sami Anan.

Via Al Jazeera:

Morsi, from the Muslim Brotherhood, and his Islamist allies did not hide their displeasure with the amendments issued by the military in mid-June curtailing the president’s role and granting the army massive powers, including legislative control.

Earlier this week, Morsi sacked the head of the intelligence service.

Besides Tantawi and Anan, Morsi also ordered the retirement of the commanders of the navy, air defence and air force.

The retired navy commander, Lieutenant-General Mohan Mameesh, was named as chairman of the Suez Canal, the strategic waterway linking the Red Sea and the Mediterranean and a major source of revenues for the country.

If the military takes this lying down, it will almost certainly mean complete and total Brotherhood control of Egypt.


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