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Egypt''s president orders retirement of top generals.

| CAIRO, Aug 12 (KUNA) -- Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi has ordered the retirement of the country's top two generals in the powerful Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), which ruled Egypt in its post-revolution era, before Morsi took office.

Presidential Spokesman Yasser Ali said that Morsi has ordered the retirement of the Head of the SCAF and defense minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, appointing him a presidential advisor.

"The president has ordered that the Collar of the Nile (a prestigious medal) be conferred on Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi in recognition of the great services he has made to the nation" the spokesman said.

The recently-elected president also ordered the retirement of Chief of Staff Sami Enan, whowas also given the role of adviser.

In their place, Morsi appointed General Abdellatif Sisi as Armed Forces chief and Defence Minister and General Sidki Sobhi as Chief of Staff of the army.

General Mohamed El-Assar, a SCAF member, was appointed deputy defense minister and Rada Mahmoud Hafez as minister of state for military production.

In further changes, Mursi appointed a judge, Mahmoud Mekky, as his vice president. Mekky is the brother of the newly appointed justice minister, Ahmed Mekky, who had been a vocal critic vote rigging under Mubarak.

President Morsi also cancelled a constitutional declaration that limited presidential powers and which the ruling army council issued in June, as voting in the election that brought Morsi to power drew to a close. (pickup previous) asm.ibi KUNA 122100 Aug 12NNNN

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Date:Aug 12, 2012
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