Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi has said a cabinet reshuffle will include the defense ministry, an Egyptian newspaper said on Saturday, in the clearest sign yet that Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi plans to stand for president.
Deposed President Mohammed Mursi, meanwhile, is facing trial on Saturday over violence outside the presidential palace during unrest in late 2012.
Army chief Sisi, now defense minister in Egypt's interim government, ousted Mursi from office in July after mass protests against his rule and is widely expected to announce his candidacy within days and win an election easily.
But before he can run for president he must step down from his government post.
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 privately-owned al-Masry al-Youmnewspaper quoted him as saying.