The Guardian reports Egypt's army leader, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, has been promoted to field marshal, amid fevered speculation about whether or not he intends to run for president.
Sisi has been discussed as a potential head of state ever since he ousted Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, last July, and replaced him with a judge, Adly Mansour.
The Guardian adds Sisi has still not yet indicated his intentions, with some suspecting he fears his popularity would drastically fall were he to take on the everyday demands of the presidency.
Mansour's decision on Monday to promote Sisi has intensified speculation. One senior military source told the Guardian that the symbolism of the appointment could be a show of appreciation or a signal that Sisi was about to resign in order to run. Promotions sometimes foreshadow resignations in Egyptian military circles.