President consolidates executive power with constitutional decree, hours after sacking top generals


By  and  and  August 12, 2012, 11:35 pm Updated: August 13, 2012, 1:16 am

After forcing Egypt’s top brass to retire in an unexpected power play and issuing a decree to consolidate presidential authority, President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday said the moves were made with the nation’s best interest in mind.

“Today’s decisions are not directed at certain persons or meant to embarrass certain institutions. … I only had in mind the interest of this nation and its people,” he said in a televised speech. “I want (the armed forces) to dedicate themselves to a mission that is holy to all of us and that is the defense of the nation.”
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