Egypt’s Morsy sends defense minister, top general to ‘retirement’
CNN | Lucien Zeigler | 8.12.12
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy shook up the country’s powerful military leadership Sunday, replacing top generals and reasserting power the military claimed for itself before he took office.
Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the defense minister who took power after the 2011 ouster of longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak, was given a top medal and “sent to retirement,” Morsy spokesman Yasser Ali announced Sunday evening on state-run Nile Television. So was Lt. Gen. Sami Anan, the chief of staff of the armed forces.