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Sisi must heed Egytians' demand to run as president: army
by Staff Writers
Cairo (AFP) Jan 27, 2014


Egypt army chief Sisi promoted to field marshal: presidency
Cairo (AFP) Jan 27, 2014 - Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, has been promoted to the rank of field marshal, the highest in the military, the presidency said Monday.

"Interim president Adly Mansour issued a presidential decree promoting General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, minister of defence, to the rank of field marshal," the presidency said.

Egypt's military rarely promotes senior officers to the rank of a field marshal.

Long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak, toppled by a popular uprising in 2011, and his predecessors, who all came from the military, were never promoted to the highest military rank.

However, Hussein Tantawi, the former military chief who ruled Egypt between Mubarak's ouster in February 2011 and Morsi' election in June 2012, also holds the rank.

Morsi replaced Tantawi with Sisi as army chief and defence minister in August 2012.

Egypt's top military council said on Monday its commander Abdel Fattah al-Sisi should heed calls to stand in a presidential election.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said in a statement "the people's trust in Sisi is a call that must be heeded as the free choice of the people".

The statement said Sisi had thanked the military leadership for allowing him "the right to respond to the call of duty".

Sisi, the general behind the ouster in July of Egypt's first democratically elected president, the Islamist Mohamed Morsi, would have to give up his military uniform to stand for election.

To his supporters, he is the best option for ending three years of instability following the 2011 uprising that forced out autocratic president Hosni Mubarak, another former military officer.

The presidential election is set to take place by mid-April, and will be followed by a parliamentary poll to restore democratic government by 2015, according to a new constitution.

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