Egypt’s presidency, on Tuesday, announced that the former head of the military council that ruled Egypt temporarily after the 2011 uprising, Hussein Tantawi, has passed away at the age of 85.
The Egyptian field marshal and politician was born on the 31st of October, 1935 in Cairo, Egypt.
Like all Egyptian leaders from the overthrow of the monarchy in 1952 to the 2012 election of Morsi, the deceased came from military ranks.
He began his career as an infantryman in 1956. He served during the 1956 Suez War and in the 1967 and 1973 Middle East wars against Israel.
The decorated veteran of wars served in the government as Minister of Defense and Military Production from 1991 until Morsi ordered him to retire on 12 August 2012 when he became president in the first free and fair elections in Egypt’s modern history.
Tantawi was also the commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces and led as Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) for a year-and-a-half after the removal of long-ruling President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011.
Despite being a close ally of Mubarak, Tantawi relented to public pressure and put the ex-president on trial on charges of inciting the killing of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising.
He was often perceived as a possible presidential candidate after Mubarak was deposed, but his age and reported ill health counted against him.
Tantawi passed away 19 months after Mubarak died in a Cairo military hospital in February last year.