“Egypt has lost one of its most loyal sons and military symbols,” mourned President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in a press release. On behalf of himself and Egypt, he expressed his sincere condolences to the late marshal’s family.
Tantawi was born on October 31 in 1935, and graduated from Egypt’s Military College in 1956. He participated in the Six-Day Arab-Israeli war of 1967, and later in the October war of attrition in 1973. He served as Minister of Defence and Military for 21 years, before becoming General Commander of the Armed Forces in 1995.
As Head of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, Tantawi assumed sovereignty of Egypt in February of 2011 after the resignation of Former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak.