Military man proved loyal to the protesters
General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi
Role in crisis: Military head who led coup
A career military man, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was appointed as commander of Egypt's armed forces shortly after President Morsi swept to victory in the June 2012 elections.
Initially, he was described as being sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood's aims. However, he also sees himself as a nationalist and when the uprising against Mr Morsi gathered pace in recent weeks, his loyalties proved ultimately with the protesters.