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Egypt's Morsi honours two generals he forced into retirement

Arab World Materials 14 August 2012 20:39
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Tuesday conferred state honours on two top generals whom he sent into retirement this week, reported dpa.
Egypt's Morsi honours two generals he forced into retirement

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Tuesday conferred state honours on two top generals whom he sent into retirement this week, reported dpa.

State television showed Hussein Tantawi, the former defence minister, and Sami Anan, the former army chief of staff, receiving the honours from Morsi at a ceremony at the presidential palace in Cairo.

It was their first appearance since the surprise military shake-up on Sunday.

The presidency and military Monday denied rumours that Tantawi and Anan had been placed under house arrest.

A government spokesman said the two were appointed as presidential advisors.

Tantawi was the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which ruled the country after president Hosny Mubarak was toppled in February 2011 until Morsi took office on June 30.

Morsi also cancelled a temporary constitution decreed by the military restricting the president's role, a move seen as aimed at affirming his authority.

On Tuesday, he appointed three new military commanders, the latest in the shake-up that the Islamist, civilian leader said was aimed at promoting national interests. All four previous presidents came from the army.

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