Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour, has announced that presidential elections will be held sooner than planned and before the country elects a new parliament.
The move could see the head of the army, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, becoming president within months.
Public reaction is mixed. Some people regard him as a hero and others as a potential dictator.
Omar Gamal El Din, a Cairo resident, said: “I think the country needs a strong president more than it needs a parliament or parliament members. I think it is a good decision.”
Mohammed Salama, a Cairo resident, said: “It is not acceptable to move the elections forward. Or why did we have a revolution? Parliament should come first and then presidential elections. It is not acceptable to return to dictatorship and heartache. Parliamentary elections must come first because they represent the people.”
The announcement came after the third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. It was a day of violence which saw at least 49 people dead and many others injured or arrested during demonstrations and rallies. Some people were showing support for the Muslim Brotherhood and others for General al-Sisi.