Egypt's former military ruler Tantawi dies aged 85

Tantawi, a decorated veteran of wars against Israel in 1956, 1967 and 1973, was a defence minister for nearly 21 years old. He led the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) that ruled Egypt for a year and half after the removal of the long term President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.


Reuters | Cairo | Updated: 21-09-2021 12:52 IST | Created: 21-09-2021 12:52 IST
Egypt's former military ruler Tantawi dies aged 85
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Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, former head of the military council that ruled Egypt temporarily after the 2011 uprising, died at the age of 85, Egypt's presidency said on Tuesday. Tantawi, a decorated veteran of wars against Israel in 1956, 1967 and 1973, was a defence minister for nearly 21 years old.

He led the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) that ruled Egypt for a year and half after the removal of the long term President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. Tantawi was sacked as a defence minister in August 2012, a few weeks after the late Islamist President Mohamed Mursi took power in what was described as the first free and fair elections in Egypt's modern history.

(Writing by Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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