By Reuters

By Reuters

Egypt’s Mursi removes top generals

Egypt’s Mursi removes top generals

Cairo: Egypt’s new Islamist president Mohamed Mursi dismissed Cairo’s two top generals on Sunday and cancelled a military order that curbed his powers, in a dramatic move that could free him of some of the restrictions of military rule.

It was not clear how far the measures were agreed with the dismissed field marshal Hussein Tantawi, whose Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) had taken over when Hosni Mubarak was deposed— nor how far they would shift the power balance between the generals and Mursi’s long-suppressed Muslim Brotherhood.

By Reuters

However, coupled with the cancellation of the constitutional declaration issued just before Mursi’s election, by which Tantawi and his colleagues curbed presidential powers, the surprise move seemed to indicate a substantial reordering of Egypt’s political forces as it waits for a new constitution.

The changes were effective immediately, presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said. Reuters

Yasmine Saleh and Marwa Awad contributed to this story.

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