Published Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 | 3:09 a.m.
Updated Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 | 3:11 a.m.
CAIRO (AP) — State television says Egypt's interim president has promoted the country's powerful army chief who led the July 3 coup that ousted the nation's Islamist president to the top military rank of marshal.
Interim President Adly Mansour's decision, announced Monday, comes amid heated speculation that Gen. Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi will step down to become a candidate in Egypt's coming presidential elections, set to take place before the end of April.
El-Sissi has yet to publicly announce his intentions but he enjoys wide popularity among many Egyptians who see him as a savior after removing Islamist President Mohammed Morsi after millions took to the streets demanding him to step down.