Just days after dozens were killed in Egypt during the third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour issued a presidential decree promoting General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief and minister of defense, to the rank of Field Marshal. This appointment is significant as the credentials prepare Sisi for early presidential elections. Clearly, the government is moving quickly to cement the presidency and then to hold parliamentary elections. One should note despite the violence, thousands and thousands of Egyptians are supporting Sisi for president with placards and commentary including loud screams of support.
Now with Sisi as a Field Marshal, the stage is set for a presidential election that results in a strong ruler to maintain control over a core state of the Middle East