The Egyptian president has ordered the powerful head of the army and defence minister, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, and several senior generals into retirement and canceled constitutional amendments issued by the military restricting presidential powers.
Thousands of Egyptians celebrated the announcement on Sunday night in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that played home to the protests that ousted Mubarak.
"The people support the president's decision," the crowd chanted.
Al Jazeera’s Rawya Rageh, reporting from Cairo, said: "The country may be without a constitution, but there are constitutional declarations that specify the job description of the president, and it is perfectly within the realm of his authority to hire and fire senior government officials."
3. Yep. Boggles me that anyone'd call this a coup.
Though there's plenty of DUers who prefer military government in Arab countries, so I'm not really surprised to see the term used to describe the constitutional head of the country taking his powers back from the army.