UPDATE on Sinai War further down !
مرسي: لا بد من الوفاء لمن كانوا أوفياء
Morsy: It is the inevitable compensation for those [named as being loyal].
Yesterday evening, the Arabic service of Al-Jazeera made a life transmission of a speech held by Egypt's President Morsy on Tahrir Square in Kairo. In that speech Mohammad Morsy announced decisions that are unspokenly designed to reduce the Military Council's power and get other institutions of state under control.
مصر: قرارات رئاسية مفاجئة
Egypt: Surprising Presidential Decisions
إلغاء الإعلان الدستوري المكمل
Invalidation of the proclamation of a constitutional supplement.
إحالة المشير طنطاوي للتقاعد, و تعيينه مستشارا للرئيس
Designation of Marshal Tantawi to take his retreat and his appointment as a presidential councillor.
إحالة سامي عنان للتقاعد و تعيينه مستشارا للرئيس
Designation of Sami Anan to take his retreat and his appointment as a presidential councillor.
[Sami Anan is another high-ranking officer.]
تعيين عبد الفتاح السيسي وزيرا للدفاع و الانتاج الحربي
Appointment of Abdelfatah al-Siasi as a minister of defence and [arms production].
New Defence Minister
تعيين المستشار محمود محمد مكي نائب لرئيس الجمهورية
Appointment of councillor Mahmud Mohammad Maki as a vice-president of the republic.
تعيين صدقي صبحي رئيسا لأركان الجيش المصري
Appointment of Sadiqi Sabahi as a [chairman] of the general staff for the Egyptian forces.
تعيين اللواء محمد العصار مساعدا لوزير الدفاع
Appointment of brigadier Mohammad al-Azar as a [vice-minister] of defence.
تعيين مهاب مميش رئيسا منتدبا لهيئة قناة السويس
Appointment of Mahab Mumish as a [chairman] of delegates in the Suez Canal committee.
The actual development reported above might be influenced by what is happening now on Sinai peninsula:
For the first time since the 1979 peace treaty with Israel: Shooting again on Sinai. However, this time it is triggered off by militant Islamist groups who are trying to bring under their control that region which is bordering the Palestinian territory of Gaza. As free traffic to and from Egypt is not yet guaranteed to Palestinian citizens who are being pressurized by Israeli boycott and military incursions, some kind of underground war at the border has been kept running for years while, even worse, military access for Egyptian troops to the border region has been restricted as a consequence of the 1979 treaty.
Now, a certain amount of troops is being allowed into that quasi-demilitarized zone and, what is even more important, local Bedouins are willing to support them in order to get rid of the militant strangers. [Source: BBC, August 10]
This might be due to the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood standing behind their new president. An increase of power for Mohammad Morsy might therefore be part of a deal with the military.
السلطات المصرية ترسل تعزيزات عسكرية إلى العريش في شمال سيناء
Egyptian authorities are sending military reinforcement to Al-Arish in the northern part of Sinai.
مراسل الجزيرة في القاهرة: الرئيس المصري محمد مرسي يلتقي وزير الدفاع لبحث مستجدات الأوضاع في سيناء
According to Al-Jazeera's reporter in Kairo, the Egyptian President Mohammad Morsy meets with the minister of defence in order to examine new conditions for Sinai.
[Source: Al-Jazeera, August 9]
UPDATE on August 16, 2012
As to a recent attack on the pipeline providing natural gas to Israel, Al-Arabiya reported the standpoint of Egyptian army commanders on that subject. [Al-Arabiya, August 16, 2012]
الجبهة السلفية بسيناء تتبنى ضرب خطوط الغاز
The "Salafist Front of Sinai" take responsibility for hitting the gas [pipe]line.
ناشدت قادة الجيش حقن الدماء معتبرة أنهم يجرونها إلى معركة
Army commanders, intending to avoid an expected bloodshed, demanded to risk an [open] battle.
أحقنوا الدماء التي تسيل وستسيل إذا استمر هذا العدوان فأنتم تجروننا إلى معركة
Avoid the shedding of [your] blood that is flowing and will flow as long as that hostility is continuing, [rather than will be flowing in a battle].
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