FROM EGYPT comes a report that new Pres. Mohamed Morsi isn’t wasting any time in retaking the power of his office and attempting to shift the ruling authority from Egypt’s powerful military to the presidency.
President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt forced the retirement on Sunday of his powerful defense minister, the army chief of staff and other senior generals, moving more aggressively than ever before to reclaim political power that the military had seized since the fall of Hosni Mubarak last year.
Mr. Morsi also nullified a constitutional declaration, issued by the military before he took office on June 30, that had gutted the authority of his office. On Sunday, he replaced it with his own declaration, one that gave him broad legislative and executive powers and, potentially, a decisive role in the drafting of Egypt?s still unfinished new constitution.