Egypt’s military officials have approved the army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, as a candidate to run for president later this year.
The statement came just hours after Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour promoted Sisi to the military’s highest rank.
Shortly after the announcement, Egypt’s deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaa El-Din resigned from his post in protest against Sisi’s candidacy.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood activists and their supporters staged nationwide demonstrations on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the 2011 revolution that toppled former dictator Hosni Mubarak.
The demonstrators demanded Morsi’s reinstatement and called for the release of Brotherhood activists arrested by police.