The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has empowered Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for president, state media reported early Monday evening.

SCAF said that it would allow Sisi to act according to his conscience and national duty in an official statement released by Armed Forces spokesperson Ahmed Mohamed Ali.

Sisi, in turn, thanked the council for allowing him to respond to the call of duty and the necessities of the nation.

"SCAF has witnessed Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s achievements since his appointment to head the Armed Forces … and SCAF can do nothing except to regard with utmost respect the wishes of the people to nominate him for the presidency, which is a call of duty," the statement read.

The statement added that SCAF respected Sisi’s belief it was “mandatory to respond to” the calls of the people “in the context of the free choice of the people.”

This comes shortly after interim President Adly Mansour issued a decree promoting Sisi to the rank of field marshal, state-run MENA reported Monday.

However, despite these developments, the spokesperson for the Armed Forces was quick to issue a statement on its Facebook page denying any changes in military posts, as suggested by some media outlets, adding that the public would be officially informed should any changes take place.

The statement urged the press to confirm such reports with official sources before propagating inaccurate information that may negatively affect the military institution. 

Mansour’s decision, as well as SCAF’s endorsement of Sisi’s candidacy, “suggests the careful coordination of the preparation for [his nomination],” according to Robert Springborg, professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and an expert on the Egyptian military. 

The Armed Forces held a meeting Monday, headed by Sisi, to discuss the popular demand for his presidential nomination, according to MENA.

Given the mounting pressure from the general public and politicians, it was expected that Sisi would announce his intention to run for the presidency, said Dostour Party member Ahmed al-Hawary.

But that does not mean that now is the right time for Egypt to have a military man as president — it could confirm the perception that June 30 was not a popular revolution, Hawary warned.

“Elections in the presence of Sisi as a candidate will not be fair. Even if there are no violations, Sisi still represents the state and its strongest institution. Therefore, all state employees will help him,” Hawary asserted.

A source familiar with the military institution, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Mada Masr that this is a routine upgrade in rank and the timing is not tied to anything, but comes upon decree by the president when he sees fit to do so.

Contrary to popular belief, he explained, the rank of field marshal does not necessitate that the officer has fought in a specific war, adding that any rank after major general is ordered by presidential decree.

However, Springborg clarified that this would be the country's first field marshal to have never fought in a war.

Mohamed Naeem, a political analyst, said Sisi’s promotion to the rank of field marshal may be a way to “outdo Sami Anan’s seniority.”

Anan, the former Armed Forces chief of staff, holds the rank of colonel general, as Sisi did prior to Monday. The issue of rank and seniority would come into play if rumors that Anan might run in the presidential race proved to be true.

“This decision is a kind of a pompous one, because the rank of field marshal is globally known to mean that the officer fought in a war, on several fronts, and has been victorious. But these kinds of promotions in ranks happen in third world countries, such as the case with Yemen, which has no army but used to have a field marshal,” Naeem said.

Many perceive the move as one of many indications that Sisi plans to nominate himself for president when the window for nominations opens on February 15.

While the anonymous source reiterated that the promotion had nothing to do with the upcoming elections, he did add that it was 90 percent likely that Sisi would indeed nominate himself and bid for the nation's top post.

He also said that a Cabinet shuffle is coming within days, and that if Sisi wanted to run for president, this would be his chance to resign or retire early, as is required by law.

"His new rank could quiet all the talk about his presidency and appease those who are demanding he run for president," the source added vaguely. "They feel he saved them and may do so again in the future, as well as help Egypt rise."

Asked what this means for those who are calling for a civilian president, he said that nominations are open to all, and the elections will be free and fair. "The people will choose," he said.

Sisi led the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, following mass protests, after which his popularity skyrocketed amid increased calls for his candidacy. Morsi had appointed Sisi as defense minister in August 2012.


hi!,I really like your

hi!,I really like your writing so much! percentage we be in contact more
about your post on AOL? I require a specialist on this house to solve my problem.
Maybe that is you! Taking a look forward to peer you.

Woah! I'm really digging the

Woah! I'm really digging the template/theme of this blog.
It's simple, yet effective. A lot of times it's very hard to get that "perfect balance" between superb usability and visual appearance.
I must say you have done a superb job with this.
Additionally, the blog loads super fast for me on Opera.
Excellent Blog!

Neat blog! Is your theme

Neat blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out.
Please let me know where you got your design. Cheers

Write more, thats all I have

Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video
to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why
waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your
blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

Be creative and use different

Be creative and use different colors and flowers within your bouquet.
I would suggest making it well ahead of time and energy to give yourself plenty of time and energy to work
at the relaxed pace along with the piece can come out much better.
Peacock Feather Bouquet by Amore - Bride at Etsy Another bouquet option made available on the
bride considering a Peacock feather-theme arrangement is
really a silk flower bouquet.

Vet costs from visits associated with animal poisoning could be very expensive and often there isn't anything which a person can do
but squeeze animal down. Orchids come in the variety of colors which are perfect for fall.

Wow that was unusual. I just

Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn't appear.

Grrrr... well I'm not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

I am no longer certain the

I am no longer certain the place you are getting your information, but great topic.
I needs to spend some time studying much more or working out more.

Thank you for magnificent info I used to be searching for this info for my mission.

Having read this I believed

Having read this I believed it was really informative.
I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this short article together.
I once again find myself spending a significant amount
of time both reading and posting comments. But so what,
it was still worth it!

Hey would you mind stating

Hey would you mind stating which blog platform you're using?
I'm going to start my own blog in the near future but I'm having a hard time deciding
between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I'm looking for something completely unique.

P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

First of all I would like to

First of all I would like to say great blog! I had
a quick question which I'd like to ask if you do not mind.
I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.
I have had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there.

I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost simply
just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints?
Thank you!

You can definitely see your

You can definitely see your expertise within the article you write.
The world hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to mention how they believe.
At all times go after your heart.

Howdy would you mind letting

Howdy would you mind letting me know which web host you're
using? I've loaded your blog in 3 different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most.
Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a honest price?
Thank you, I appreciate it!

Wonderful post but I was

Wonderful post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject?

I'd be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
Many thanks!

Nice blog here! Also your

Nice blog here! Also your website loads up very fast!
What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol