Samer Shetaha
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'Beginning of end' for military

The ordered retirement of two of Egypt's top generals signals the "beginning of the end" of the military's role in Egyptian politics, says Samer Shehata.

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has ordered the retirement of two of the country's top generals: the powerful head of the armed forces, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, and Chief of Staff Gen Sami Annan.

Samer Shehata of Georgetown University has said the move is likely to allow for "greater" democracy but whether Egypt's government will evolve towards a more "liberal" democracy remains to be seen.

Speaking to the BBC's Katty Kay, Mr Shehata said the development was "the beginning of the end" of the military's role in Egypt's civilian politics.