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Egypt's president names vice president, new military leadership

(Xinhua)

08:05, August 13, 2012

CAIRO, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi appointed Sunday Abdel Fatah el Seisy as defense minister and chief of the supreme council of the armed forces, presidential spokesman Yasser Ali announced.

El Seisy, 58, used to be the leader for the military north region. After that he was appointed as the chief of military intelligence.

El Seisy will replace Hussein Tantawi, who, along with former Chief of Staff of the armed forces Sami Enan, was ordered to retire Sunday.

Enan's post will be filled by Sediqi Sobhi. Both Tantawi and Enan were appointed as advisers to the president.

Former judge Mahmoud Mekki was appointed as vice president.

Meanwhile, Morsi also issued a new constitutional declaration and cancelled the supplementary declaration issued in mid-June by the army.

According to the new declaration, if the Constituent Assembly could not accomplish its work in 15 days, the president should form a new one which represents all the society spectra after consulting all the national movements to prepare a constitution draft.

The Constituent Assembly should draft the constitution within three months from the date of its establishment and the new constitution should be put up for a public referendum within 30 days of its drafting.
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