Egypt's interim president says he is amending a political transition plan to allow holding a presidential election before voting for a new parliament.
Analysts say the change increases the possibility Army Chief and Defense Minister General Abdel Fatah el-Sissi could be elected Egypt's president within months.
Parliamentary elections were to be held first under the road map agreed to after Egypt's army deposed the country's first democratically-elected civilian President Mohamed Morsi last July, following mass protests against his rule.
Interim President Adly Mansour announced the road map change during a televised address Sunday. He said a recent rise in terrorist attacks against the security forces would not derail the transition to democracy.
Authorities said at least 49 people died in clashes Saturday on the third anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, Morsi's predecessor as president.
Anti-government supporters of Morsi fought security forces and government loyalists in Cairo and elsewhere. Supporters of the interim government and General el-Sissi gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square for government-sanctioned celebrations marking the anniversary of the uprising.
Long-time leader Mubarak stepped down under pressure three years ago and Morsi became Egypt's first democratically elected president the following year.