Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been promoted to the rank of field marshal, the presidency said on Monday, fuelling speculation he is about to retire from the military and run for president.
Sisi, who toppled
Egypt's army-backed rulers met on Sunday to discuss their bloody confrontation with deposed President Mohamed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood amid contrasting proposals for compromise and a fight to the death.
Egypt's military chief called for mass rallies on Friday to give the army a mandate to confront violence following the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, appearing to up the ante against the Muslim Brotherhood.
Egyptian liberal opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei met army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday, two political sources said, hours before an army deadline for Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to yield to mass protests or quit.
The Lebanese government appointed a new military commander on Friday, a government source said, filling a post which has become a stepping stone to the presidency.
Jean Kahawaji, a Maronite Christian, replaces General Michel Suleiman, who