Former Egyptian military chief Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi passed away on Tuesday at the age of 85, Egypt’s presidency announced. Tantawi spearheaded the military council that temporarily ruled Egypt after the 2011 uprising.
He served as a defence minister for nearly 21 years, having fought against Israel in 1956, 1967, and 1973.
Following the removal of long-term President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011, he headed the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) that ruled Egypt for a year and a half.
The late Islamist President Mohammed Mursi assumed power in what was characterized as Egypt’s first free and fair presidential election in modern history, and Tantawi was sacked as defence minister a few weeks later.