President Mansour promotes Chief of Staff Sedki Sobhi

Ahram Online, Wednesday 26 Mar 2014

Sedky Sobhy
Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (left) Chief of Staff Sedky Sobhy (right)(Photo: Facebook page of the armed forces' official spokesperson)

The Egyptian army's Chief of Staff Sedki Sobhi has been promoted by interim President Adly Mansour to the rank of colonel general, a title that has historically been held only by Egyptian defence ministers, according to state-run TV.

Mansour’s decision came during his meeting on Wednesday with members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), reportedly held for Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to submit his resignation from the military.

El-Sisi's resignation would be seen as the first official step towards running in Egypt's upcoming presidential elections, slated to begin 30 March.

Sobhi, a former commander of Egypt's Third Army, was appointed as the army's chief of staff in August by deposed president Mohamed Morsi.

He is widely believed to be El-Sisi’s successor as defence minister.



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