Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi (4th L), the head of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), and chief of staff of the Egyptian armed forces Sami Anan (Photo: Reuters)
A military source has spoken to MENA, the official state news agency, disputing reports that the SCAF (Supreme Council of Armed Forces) appointed Major General Abdel Moman Abdel Bassier as the new presidential chief of staff on Monday, adding that Abdel Bassier was only appointed to supervise the finanical and administrative affairs of the presidency.
On Monday, some news agencies reported that Abdel Bassier had been appointed as the chief of staff by the SCAF.
This was seen by a number of political and revolutionary forces as further evidence of the ruling military council's efforts to limit the powers of the incoming president.
Unofficial results of Egypt's presidential runoffs indicate that Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi could be on his way to defeat Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmed Shafiq to become the country's first post-revolution president. Official results will be announced on Thursday.