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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi announced Sunday that he was sacking the country's two top military chiefs, a provocative move that could provoke a backlash from the military amid a contentious debate over presidential powers.
Morsi, the country's first Islamist statesman, also announced he was suspending a constitutional decree the country's generals passed on the eve of his election in June that sharply reduced the powers of the presidency and gave the military vast authority.
The president also ordered the Air Force, Air Defense and Navy commanders to retire. Morsi also announced that he has selected senior judge Mahmoud Mekki as the country's vice president.
It was not immediately clear whether the country's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, whose members have long viewed Morsi suspiciously, agreed to the reshuffle.