Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced on Saturday during the opening session of the sixth National Youth Conference in Cairo the promotion of Defence Minister Mohamed Zaki from the rank of Lieutenant General to General, the second highest rank in Egypt's Armed Forces.
"We always speak about the very special relation between the army forces and the people ... and it is crucial to stress on the meaning of this strong relation," said El-Sisi as he made the announcement at Cairo's University's main hall.
Zaki was sworn in on June 14 as defence minister to succeed former defence minister Sedki Sobhy.
He was appointed as the head of the Republican Guard in August 2012. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in January 2017.
Zaki is known for his pivotal role in the June 2013 uprising, which toppled former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
General Mohamed Zaki was born in 1956.
He served in the infantry and participated in the campaign to liberate Kuwait in 1991.