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Topic - Mohamed Hussein Tantawi
Earlier this year, most analysts in Egypt assessed Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to be the key figure in that country's politics and President Mohamed Morsi to be a lightweight. Mr. Morsi fired Field Marshal Tantawi on Aug. 12.
Egypt's top general on Sunday raised the stakes in the military's political standoff with the Muslim Brotherhood, saying the armed forces will not allow a "certain group" to dominate the country.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Sunday urged Egypt to commit to "a strong, durable democracy" that protects the rights of all citizens, hoping to appeal both to supporters of the popularly elected Islamist president and to minorities fearful of being repressed by their new government.
What does it mean that Mohammed Morsi is the president of Egypt? The American consensus is that Egypt has been lost. However, the election was not just symbolic, but illusory. Egypt's future remains very much in play.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, with liberals and Islamists gathering on different sides of Cairo's Tahrir Square in a reflection of the deep political divides that emerged in the year since the downfall of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.
Hundreds of thousands of people marched Wednesday into Tahrir Square to mark the first anniversary of Egypt's revolution, as many shouted their outrage at the military council that took over after Hosni Mubarak stepped down as president in February.
Egypt's military ruler on Tuesday decreed a partial lifting of the nation's hated emergency laws, an apparent attempt to ease criticism of his policies ahead of the first anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.
Egypt is facing unprecedented "grave dangers," but its military will protect it, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the country's military ruler, said in remarks published Wednesday that appeared aimed at rallying public opinion against protests planned for next week's anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising.
The U.S. increased pressure Friday on Egypt's military rulers to hand over power to civilian leaders, and the generals turned to a Mubarak-era politician to head a new government in a move that failed to satisfy the more than 100,000 protesters who jammed Tahrir Square in the biggest rally yet this week.
Egypt's military rulers said Thursday that parliamentary elections will start on schedule next week despite escalating unrest and they rejected protesters' calls for them to immediately step down.
Egyptian police clashed with anti-government protesters for a fifth day in central Cairo Wednesday as a rights group raised the overall death toll from the ongoing unrest to at least 38. The United Nations strongly condemned what it called the use of excessive force by security forces.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that Egyptian authorities should give nascent political organizations time to organize, as the country begins to take tentative steps toward democracy.
Marshal Tantawi announced that the emergency law would be lifted for Wednesday's commemoration, except in cases of what he called "thuggery."