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Egypt's General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi promoted Field Marshal
Ahram Online, Monday 27 Jan 2014
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Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour issued a presidential decree on Monday promoting General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the army chief and minister of defence, to the rank of Field Marshal.

El-Sisi will be officially granted the title on 1 February, according to the Facebook page of armed forces spokesman Ahmed Ali.

El-Sisi's popularity soared a year later when, on 3 July 2013, he announced the ouster of Morsi amid nationwide mass protests against the Islamist president's troubled one-year rule.

As a result, a number of campaigns have sprung up to pressure the general to run for the presidency at the upcoming elections.

While he had initially announced he would not seek power, El-Sisi has more recently said the possibility is open.

On Sunday, Mansour announced that presidential elections will be held before parliamentary polls -- an amendment to the transitional roadmap which was agreed upon by various political forces on 3 July.

According to Mansour's decree, the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission (SPEC) should begin procedures to hold the polls in no less than 30 days and no more than 90 days following the successful passage of the country's newly-amended constitution.

The constitution was put into effect on 18 January -- after a two-day referendum on 14-15 January which yielded an overwhelming 98.1 percent majority approval of the charter.

Accordingly, the presidential polls should take place between 17 February and 18 April.

On Saturday, tens of thousands converged to Tahrir square and elsewhere in the country to celebrate the third anniversary fo the January 25 revolution. Thousands carried banners and posters urging army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to run for the presidency.

 



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mohammed moiduddin
29-01-2014 07:05am
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Common sense needs to prevail
All though many of you hate ikhwan, you have to realize they are egyptian people too. You can't blame all of society's ills on one group and prosecute them. They are human beings. Everyone has made mistakes. The priority should be to unite egypt with a non polarizing figure with no blood on there hands. I don't know which leader that would be but egyptians need to figure that out. Unity, liberty, freedom, justice, and prosperity will promote stability and stopping of violence.
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mohammed moiduddin
29-01-2014 06:59am
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Egypt needs peace and stability
I realize everyone has an opinion. Whether you are coptic, tamarood, ikhwan, shafiq supporters, or sisi supporters - you all are egyptians. I would recommend to put aside party affiliations and vote for someone with no blood on there hands. Everyone has made mistakes, but for the good of the country you need unity. Pick someone who is independent, loves egypt, doesn't support military or any group, just supports egypt. Democracy is always hard because not everyone can get everything people have to compromise.
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john
28-01-2014 01:08am
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Al Sisi
I,m reading that General Al Sisi was promoted to Marshal, did He participated in any war? or is He a desk General like the ones in Latin America?
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Raden
28-01-2014 12:42am
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congratulation to the new Pharoah
..so, the murderer with bloods on his hands will rule Egypt. May God curse him & Egyptian people who supported him blindly. Wonder why Egyptian still believed that military man can solve everything. ..all this while Egypt ruled by military men - Nasser,Sadat & Mubarak, and yet Egypt still a backward third world country. Did Egyptian ever learn? ..it seems that the Egyptians way of thinking were still in the 50s...
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David Asbourne
28-01-2014 12:10am
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Egypt's General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi promoted Field Marshal
He murdered his own people, dismantled the first ever elected leader of Egypt and banned the party. He is an enemy to his own, and a friend to the enemies .in the west he would be shot for treason, in Africa he's running to be a president
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Omar, Tanta
27-01-2014 03:29pm
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Man of Integrity
G. Sisi saved Egypt from destruction by regional and local forces.[ not in the battlefield but in political arena. He stood for high moral values we all should have to protect our newly freedom. The question is he battles tested? Good politics is not enough to qualify for "Field Marshal". They are two different subjects.
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Mona Abdel-Aziz
27-01-2014 04:08pm
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Fasiled Sinai strategy
I agree. Field Marshal should be battle tested. Our battle in SInai a series of failures. It should be smarter than Tit-for-Tate.
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Linda S Heard
27-01-2014 03:11pm
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Elf Congratulations to Field Marshal el-Sisi
This promotion is well deserved. This devout patriot courageously altered Egypt's course and prevented the Muslim Brotherhood from its ambition to rule for 500 years. Time readers voted him Person of the Year. Millions of Egyptians are calling for him to run for president. He is guiding the nation out of the darkness. God bless him and keep him safe!
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Ruth
27-01-2014 02:37pm
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Funny
What a joke is going on. Gen CC overthrow an elected president and appointed Mansour as president with all legislative, administrative and judicial powers with no over sight, no accountability (Morsy was accused dictator issuing such decree for 3 months. The Mansour appointed CC Defence Minister who started brutally eliminated his opponents with full Army might and committed worst crimes against humanity in Egyptian history .Yesterday alone he murdered more than 63 human beings without any shame and any regret. Now Mr. Mansoor awarded him for crimes against humanity. Egypt must prepare for worst era of repression in coming years.
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Allen
27-01-2014 08:15pm
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The only joke I see here....
Is you "Ruth" running around with a fake name. Telling everyone your version of right frm wrong. Too embarrased to stand behind your ideas with the name your mother and father gave you? Every one knows you are MB.
Masry
27-01-2014 03:34pm
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It is funny
It's very funny how you blind followers of the terrorist group alikhwan see things. Morsi choose Elsisi because he was a religious man a man of god. He mistakenly believed that this man of god would ignore the hypocrisy of the ikhwan because they operate under false pretense of being a Muslim group. El sisi counseled morsi warned him that he will lose the people but the arrogant ikhwan didn't believe in the Egyptian people strength. Until they saw 30 million Egyptians say no not in our beloved Egypt we will not be Iran we will not gVe a Khomeini . Elsisi being a man of god a man of the people heeded the calls if his people and removed this dark spot from our history

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