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Morsi, SCAF in talks over Egypt's new defence minister: PM

New PM Hisham Kandil says talks are ongoing over sensitive defence portfolio, the minister of which – Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi – is currently head of Egypt's military council

Ahram Online, Tuesday 24 Jul 2012
Morsi and Tantawi
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, left, shakes hands with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in Cairo (Photo: AP)
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Newly appointed Prime Minister Hisham Kandil has said that discussions were ongoing between Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) regarding who the country's next defence minister will be.

The current minister of defence is Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the SCAF.

A constitutional addendum issued on 17 June by the SCAF states in Article 53 that the head of the military council, now a position held by Tantawi, will remain minister of defence until a new constitution is drafted. Accordingly, this raises doubts as to whether Tantawi will be replaced in the coming period. 

Kandil's statements have revived debate over whether Morsi has recognised the constitutional addendum. Morsi swore his oath of office in front of Egypt's High Constitutional Court in accordance with the 17 June addendum. The Muslim Brotherhood, however, had frequently denied their candidate would abide by the document.

Tantawi has been minister of defence since 1991, under seven different governments.

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24-07-2012 10:23pm
Hmm SCAF screwed up on this one.
When SCAF pulled their "legal coup", by ensuring that the President wasn't Commander in Chief, they shot themselves in the foot by saying that the Defense Minister ruled SCAF. Why? Because they never said the President couldn't appoint a defense minister. Morsi could appoint a Defense Minister and run SCAF through him. The SCAF would be subordinate to the Minister and the minister is subordinate to the President. The irony is ridiculous.
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25-07-2012 08:39am
SCAF Downfall
Scaf is thhinking thay coulf run a goverment iside the goverment.Let me give you people a example its like pappet play they would pull string on every thing but people would see that the goverment is doing this and they would blame the goverment where the main player was scaf.Its looks now Scaf see a bug in their bluepreint.what they gonna do now.You dont shoot your own people.

24-07-2012 07:07pm
Egyptian Democracy...
It seems this budding Egyptian democracy is a cruel joke on the people. The President of the country should name whomever he wants to be Defense Minister, without the "approval" of the military. There should be no discussions.
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