Big Changes in Egypt: Army Sacked
By Micah Halpern
Monday August 13, 2012
I've Been Thinking:
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy is making serious changes.
Yesterday he forced Field Marshal Tantawi to retire. Tantawi had been in charge of Egypt since the revolution and was the defense minister under Mubarak for over 21 years. He was the head of the Supreme Military Council. In effect, Tantawi and the military were the counter balance to Morsy.
Sacking Tantawi was a huge move. It was a move signaling independence.
In addition, Morsy announced new laws that put him in charge of everything. He is now head of the executive, the legislative and the military. Morsy can now issue new laws and annul old ones. And that is exactly what he is doing.
Morsy has effectively become a dictator - with no check and balances. Until now the balance was the army but Morsy ousted the entire upper echelon of the air force, the navy, the army and intelligence.
The impetus for these changes was the horrific terror attack that killed 16 soldiers during Ramadan.
We must wait and see what happens. But as of now, Egypt is looking very much like a dictatorship.
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