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Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi, Egypt's Military Leader, Allowed To Run For President

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An opponent of ousted President Mohammed Morsi holds up a poster of Egyptian Defense Minister General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi with an Arabic words that read:
An opponent of ousted President Mohammed Morsi holds up a poster of Egyptian Defense Minister General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi with an Arabic words that read: "The lion of Egypt" during a rally at Tahrir square, in Cairo, Egypt, late Friday, July 19, 2013. With the military beefing up security, tens of thousands took to the streets Friday in a determined push for the return to power of Egypt's ousted Islamist leader, while Mohammed Morsi's opponents staged rival rallies, raising fears of a fresh roun

CAIRO (AP) — State television says Egypt's interim president has promoted the country's powerful army chief who led the July 3 coup that ousted the nation's Islamist president to the top military rank of marshal.

Interim President Adly Mansour's decision, announced Monday, comes amid heated speculation that Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi will step down to become a candidate in Egypt's coming presidential elections, set to take place before the end of April.

El-Sissi has yet to publicly announce his intentions but he enjoys wide popularity among many Egyptians who see him as a savior after removing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi after millions took to the streets demanding him to step down.