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Egyptian president retires top generals

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 00:59

Aug. 13 - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi defends his decision to order the retirement of top generals and cancel a military order that had curbed his powers. Sarah Charlton reports.

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Egypt's newly elected president has ordered changes to the military's top brass. In a surprise move, President Mohamed Mursi dismissed Cairo's two top generals. He also cancelled a military order curbing his powers. Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi and military chief of staff Sami Enan have now been replaced. While the decision met a mixed response, Mursi defended his actions. He insisted the decision was not meant to "target certain individuals" or "embarrass institutions". The move was for the benefit of the nation, he said. In Tahrir square thousands of supporters gathered to back the decision. Critics said the generals had cast a shadow over Egypt's new democracy.

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Egyptian president retires top generals

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 00:59