Egyptian Prime Minister "Hazem al-Beblawi" said a cabinet reshuffle will include the defence ministry, an Egyptian newspaper said today, in the clearest sign yet that Field Marshal "Abdel Fattah al-Sisi" plans to stand for president.
Army chief Sisi, now defence minister in Egyptian interim government, deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July after mass protests against his rule and is widely expected to announce his candidacy within days and win an election easily.
Before he can run for president he must step down from his government post.
The privately-owned Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper quoted him saying that the reshuffle will not be announced before a visit by Beblawi to Saudi Arabia, a major financial supporter of Egypt's interim government, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The reshuffle is to include the defence ministry and the ministry for international cooperation, whose head, Ziad Bahaa al-Din, tendered his resignation last Monday, according to the report.
Cabinet officials were not immediately available for comment.