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January 27, 2014

Egypt's army chief, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now holds the country's top military position as well and is widely expected to announce his presidential candidacy soon.

Interim President Adly Mansour promoted Sisi to the rank of field marshal, a position held by Hussein Tantawi until he was removed by former President Mohamed Morsi. Tantawi was the country's effective leader during the nearly 18 months between the ouster of Hosni Mubarak and the election of Morsi.

The presidential election is to take place before the end of April, in a timeline set after the adoption of the country's new constitution. The newly elected president will then call for parliamentary elections.

If Sisi is elected, he will be the latest military leader to rule Egypt. Morsi, elected in 2012 but ousted less than a year later, was Egypt's first civilian president. The modern country's previous leaders were military leaders before they assumed the presidency.

Sisi took to the streets to celebrate his promotion, which is thought to be temporary, since he would not be able to hold that position and be president. The mixed response to the announcement was a stark reminder of the deep divisions that still exist in the country. Sisi has widespread support among older, more traditional Egyptians and, of course, from the military. But members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Morsi still refer to the ouster of Morsi as a military coup and still brand the interim government illegitimate. Islamists by the thousands, along with a large number of young people, boycotted the recent two-day referendum.

The interim government has cracked down hard on Islamists since the July 3, 2013 ouster. More than 1,000 people have died in clashes in the streets of Cairo and other cities. Thousands have been imprisoned. Morsi himself is to face three separate trials in the next few weeks.

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