More Changes to the Egyptian Military
Via the BBC: Egypt retires 70 army generals.
On the one hand, this looks like further assertion of control by President Mursi, as this appears to be the government deciding that the retirements will take place. On the other hand, it does not appear that all the retirements mean removal from the centers of power: “six of the generals will keep their positions on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf).”
Specifically: “Generals Mohamed Assar, Mukhtar el-Mullah, Mahmoud Nasr, Fouad Abdel Hay, Mohamed Emara, and Mamdouh Shahin, will keep their membership of Scaf.”
A key issue in the entire question of Egypt’s transition is the relative power of the elected civilians to the military. As such, moves such as this (and how they play out) are very important.