Sisi appointed as Egypt’s top military leader

Interim President Adly Mansour issued a decree that puts Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in charge of the military council

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Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour on Thursday issued a decree reshuffling the country's top military council and installing for the first time the military chief as its leader.

Mansour’s decree puts Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in charge of the military council.

The move is considered the first in Egypt's history that the military council will not be headed by the president, who is, according to Egypt's constitution, the chief commander of the armed forces.

The move also rearranges and increases the number of members of the country's Supreme Council for Armed Forces.

Thursday’s decree is seen part of a series of decelerations related to rearranging the country's sprawling security establishment nearly two months before presidential elections.

Sisi, who ran the military backed ouster of President Mohammad Mursi last July, is widely expected run for president.

A newspaper report suggested on Thursday that Sisi will soon be resigning from his post as a defense minister to run for presidency.

State-owned Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram quoted former Arab League chief Amr Moussa on Thursday saying that Sisi will make the announcement within the coming 10 days.