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Mohamed Hussein Tantawi

Mohamed Hussein Tantawi is the de facto Head of state and Head of government of Egypt. He is the defence minister in Hosni Mubarak's cabinet from May 20, 1991 till 11 February 2011. After Hosni Mubarak stepped down as President of Egypt, he is the Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt.

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U.S. defense chief calls Egypt's military leader for continued political transition
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday called Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, leader of Egypt's ruling military council, to urge for a continued political transition in the country.

Uncertainty looms over Egypt presidential polls following court ruling
An Egyptian administrative court has ruled in favor of a lawsuit which suspended this month's presidential election in the country, a decision which left the nation's ruling military council bemused.

Saudi Arabia closes embassy in Egypt amid protests over detention of activist
Saudi Arabia has closed its embassy in the Egyptian capital and recalled its ambassador in the wake of protests over the arrest of a human rights lawyer.

West wants Egypt to give military leaders 'safe exit'
Western governments have reportedly been encouraging Egypt's nascent political powers to consider offering the country's military generals immunity against prosecution and safe exit.

Krishna, embarks on three-day visit, to Egypt
External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna will undertake a three-day official visit to Egypt from today, during which he will co-chair a meeting of the Joint Commission with his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Kamel Amr.

Krishna to visit Cairo for 6th India-Egypt Joint Commission meeting
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will be on an official visit to Egypt from March 2-4 to co-chair the sixth Meeting of the India-Egypt Joint Commission with the Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr on March 4.

Ex-Mubarak man agrees in principle to be Egyptian PM
Seventy-eight-year-old Kamal al-Ganzouri, who served under former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak from 1996 to 1999, has agreed in principle to lead a "national salvation" government after meeting with the head of the ruling army council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

Concerns grow as Egypt's military seems unwilling to relinquish power
Many activists and politicians have raised concerns over the fact that Egypt's ruling military council is giving signals to perpetuate their hold on power even after a new parliament is formed by next year.

Egyptian military chief unfazed by public's growing anger over army's continued control
The head of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, has said he is not worried about the growing public frustration over the continuance of military control in the country.

Tahrir Square protest shows dismay over continued military rule in Egypt
Thousands of protesters once again gathered in Tahrir Square on Friday to voice their exasperation over the continuation in power of the ruling Supreme Council of Armed Forces.

'Egyptian military accused of using divide and conquer strategy in run up to reform'
The Egyptian military, which took direct control of the country for what it insists will be a maximum of six months before restoring civilian rule, has been accused of seeking to exploit the divisions in the country.

Now, a calmed Israel expresses admiration, sympathy for Egyptians
The alarm and anxiety that was quite visible in Israel last week as the revolution in Egypt was unfolding, leading to the eventual exit of President Hosni Mubarak who was seen as Jerusalem's staunchest regional ally, appears to be receding and giving way to nuanced admiration for the Egyptian people and sympathy for their cause.

Egypt dissolves parliament and constitution, military consolidates control
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has consolidated its control over Egypt by dissolving the country's feeble parliament, suspending the constitution and calling for elections in six months.

All eyes on Egypt defence minister, army chief during transition process
All eyes are now on two of Egypt's most senior military officers - Defence Minister, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Sami Hafez Enan, in the wake of the stepping down of President Hosni Mubarak.

Military caught between Mubarak, pro-democracy protesters
Though the Egyptian military has managed the crisis in the country for the past 17 days, it still appears that it is caught between remaining loyal to one of its own-President Hosni Mubarak-and or deciding to make that crossover, and go with the wishes of pro-democracy protesters.

Senior Egyptian officials call for Mubarak's resignation
Two senior Egyptian officials-Vice President Omar Suleiman and Defence Minister Field Marshall Mohamed Hussein Tantawi have reportedly asked President Hosni Mubarak to resign.

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