Egypt army chief Sisi promoted to rank of field marshal   2014-01-27 19:36:39            

CAIRO, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's interim President Adli Mansour issued a decree promoting military chief and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to the rank of field marshal, the state TV reported Monday.

Sisi carried out the ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in early July 2013 and set forth a future roadmap for the country including a new constitution which will be followed by parliamentary and presidential polls.

Sisi's popularity has been growing in the turmoil-stricken state since Morsi's removal, with a lot of voices calling him to run for president in the upcoming elections.

The military chief neither confirmed nor denied his intention to compete in the upcoming presidential race. The preparations are supposed to be done within the coming three months according to the newly-approved constitution.

On Jan. 11, a few days before the constitutional referendum, Sisi made the clearest statement on the issue, saying that his candidacy for presidency must be based on "a popular demand and a mandate from the army."


Egypt to hold presidential elections before parliamentary polls

CAIRO, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's interim President Adli Mansour announced Sunday that presidential elections would be held before parliamentary polls, after hearing opinions from different parties.

In a televised speech, Mansour said the decision has taken into account "appeals from a majority of political parties and forces" during his nationwide talks with representatives from different groups. Full story

49 killed in Saturday clashes across Egypt

CAIRO, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- At least 49 people were killed and 247 others injured on Saturday during clashes between supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and security forces across Egypt, health ministry said Sunday.

"The victims were killed in the governorates of Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Fayoum, Ismailia, Assiut, Beni Sweif and Menia," Ahmed Kamel, the health ministry's media spokesman told Xinhua. Full story

Editor: Shen Qing
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