12 August (LP)- Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi, and with no prior warning, made a bundle of sweeping decisions on Sunday afternoon, announced by the presidential spokesperson in a televised statement.
First, Morsi cancelled the addendum to the constitutional declaration, which was issued by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on 17 June. The addendum included clauses that gave the armed forces a high level of autonomy; whereas SCAF had the final say in all issues related to the military. It also stipulated that the head of SCAF, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, was to remain minister of defence until a new constitution is drafted.
Secondly, Morsi issued a decision to retire Hussein Tantawi, the minister of defence and the general commander of the Armed Forces.
Morsi also retired Sami Anan, the Amry’s Chief of Staff, from his duties.
Morsi also decided to award both men state medals and appoint them as advisors to the president.
Thirdly, the president appointed the head of the military intelliegence, Abdel Fatah El-Sisi, as Minister of Defence to replace Tantawi.
Sedky Sobhy, the commander of the Third Army, was appointed as Chief of Staff of the armed forces.
Morsi also retired the Commander of the Navy, Mohab Memish, and appointed him as head of the Suez Canal Authority.
Reda Hafez, the commander of the Air Force, was also retired and appointed as minister of Military Production.
Mohamed El-Assar, the SCAF member in charge of armaments, was appointed as assistant to the Minsiter of Defence.
Fourth, Morsi appointed Mahmoud Mekki, the deputy head of the Cassation Court, as his Vice President.
Immediately following the announcement of their appointments, Mahmoud Mekki, Egypt’s new vice president, and Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the new minister of defence, were both sworn into office before President Morsi shortly after 5pm on Sunday afternoon.