Decree changing SCAF authority empowers defense minister: Sadat Party
Effat al-Sadat - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The presidential decree changing the Supreme Council of Armed Force’s (SCAF) empowers the defense minister but also ensures the army’s separation from politics, Effat al-Sadat, the Head of the Sadat Democratic Party, said in a Friday press release.

Interim President Adly Mansour had issued a presidential decree Thursday that would make the head of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) the minister of defense, and the council’s vice president the chief of staff. Previously, Egypt’s president headed SCAF.

Since the decree installs, for the first time, a military chief as the leader of the army, the decision grants more independence to the military and eliminates the controversy on the intervention of the army in Egypt’s political life, said Sadat.

The decree grants the minister of defense more power, and turns the position of the president as the commander in chief of the armed forces to a ceremonial title, said Sadat.

Originally published in Youm7.

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