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Suleiman wants balancing role as president

By Marwa Awad and Dina Zayed / Reuters CAIRO: Omar Suleiman, the former spy chief now trying to run for the Egyptian presidency, says he wants the job to stop it going to the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood – but sees the Brotherhood playing a vital role in Egyptian politics. A powerful but shadowy figure during …

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Top contenders fight to stay in presidential election

By Agencies CAIRO: Three top contenders for Egypt’s presidency were scrambling to stay in the election race after the authorities disqualified them on technical grounds, prompting one to say that a “major crisis” threatened the landmark vote. The election is seen as the last step to democracy after more than a year of unstable army …

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Analysis: Egypt in tough final leg of transition

By Tom Perry / Reuters CAIRO: The final leg of Egypt’s transition from military to civilian rule has turned into a bitter power struggle that is feeding a sense of crisis and confusion among Egyptians, who fear their democratic dawn could be at risk. Just weeks before a presidential election in May, divisions are hardening in …

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Egypt presidential candidate Suleiman warns of religious state

By Hamza Hendawi /AP CAIRO: Hosni Mubarak’s former spy chief said he decided to run for president to prevent Islamists from turning Egypt into a “religious state,” and warned that the country would be internationally isolated if one of them won the presidency. Omar Suleiman, who also briefly served as Mubarak’s vice president, said in an …

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Presidential rivals share secretive past

By Tom Perry / Reuters CAIRO: They sit at opposite ends of Egypt’s political spectrum and one of them was jailed by a government in which the other was chief of intelligence. Now they both want to be president. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat Al-Shater and Hosni Mubarak’s head spy Omar Suleiman have moved firmly into the …

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Mubarak aide presidency bid an ‘insult’: Islamist rival

By Marwa Awad and AbdelRahman Youssef / Reuters CAIRO: A bid for power by Hosni Mubarak’s former intelligence chief is an insult to Egypt’s revolution that, if successful, would trigger a second nationwide revolt, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for Egypt’s presidency said. In his first public comments since being nominated by the Brotherhood on March …

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Suleiman says not backed by army, alleges Brotherhood behind death threats

By Reuters CAIRO: Hosni Mubarak’s former intelligence chief said his bid for the presidency does not have the support of Egypt’s military rulers and accused Islamists of sending him death threats, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Monday. Omar Suleiman, 74, announced his candidacy on Friday and showed he still wields political clout by collecting around …

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Military backs Mubarak’s VP for president

By Hamza Hendawi / AP CAIRO: Hosni Mubarak’s former vice president and spy chief Omar Suleiman will have the behind-the-scenes backing of Egypt’s ruling generals and the state media’s powerful propaganda machine in his bid to succeed his longtime mentor for the nation’s highest office, according to officials with firsthand knowledge. Suleiman, 75, will set …

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Israeli lawmaker backs Suleiman as Egypt leader

By AP JERUSALEM: An Israeli lawmaker with close ties to the ousted Egyptian regime says former spy chief Omar Suleiman would be the best president for Egypt in terms of Israeli interests. Legislator Binyamin Ben-Eliezer says a Muslim Brotherhood leader would threaten Israel’s 1979 peace deal with Egypt. Ben-Eliezer told Army Radio on Monday that …

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Ex-spy chief Omar Suleiman to run for president

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s former spy chief Omar Suleiman is to contest next month’s presidential election, the official MENA news agency reported on Friday, after having ruled himself out of the race. His change of mind came after a group of demonstrators had gathered in a Cairo district to urge Suleiman, who served as Hosni …

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Egypt ex-intelligence mulls presidency: report

By AFP CAIRO: Former Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, a stalwart of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s regime, could run for president in upcoming elections, local press reported on Monday. “Omar Suleiman approaches the presidential battle,” read the headline of the state-owned daily Al-Ahram, adding that his supporters would organize a march to his house to …

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Mubarak deputy won’t run for Egyptian presidency

By Yasmine Saleh / Reuters CAIRO: The man appointed as Egypt’s vice-president in the dying days of Hosni Mubarak’s rule will not run for head of state in an election later this year, a local newspaper reported on Friday. Omar Suleiman, a former intelligence chief and one of Mubarak’s closest confidants, was named to the number …

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Omar Suleiman survived assassination bid, says FM

By Marwa Awad /Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s foreign minister said Omar Suleiman, vice president under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, had survived an assassination attempt, state news agency MENA said, citing a television interview with the minister. A senior Egyptian security source on Feb. 5 denied reports in U.S. media that there had been an assassination attempt. But …

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Mubarak delegates authority to VP, vows to live and die in Egypt

By Rania Al-Malky and Sarah El Sirgany CAIRO: In a highly anticipated speech that left many disappointed, President Hosni Mubarak said that he will delegate presidential authority to Egypt’s Vice President Omar Suleiman but within the constraints of the constitution, which does not give him the authority to dissolve parliament and cabinet. The speech, in which …

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Protesters defiant over VP’s warning

By Maggie Michael /AP CAIRO: Egypt’s protesters and opposition groups were infuriated Wednesday by a warning from Vice President Omar Suleiman that if their movement doesn’t enter negotiations, a “coup” could take place causing greater chaos, as a mass demonstration in a central Cairo square entered its 16th day. Suleiman’s sharply warning cast a shadow over …

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Egypt has power transfer plan, vice president says

By Shaimaa Fayed and Tom Perry / Reuters CAIRO: Egypt has a plan and timetable for the peaceful transfer of power, the vice president said on Tuesday, as protesters called more demonstrations hoping to show their campaign to oust President Hosni Mubarak remains potent. With signs growing the government may be gaining the upper hand in …

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Egypt vice president had good ties with Israel: cable

By AFP LONDON: Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman had good ties with Israel’s military and the Jewish state would have been happy to see him lead the country, US diplomatic cables seen by the Telegraph newspaper said Monday. In a 2008 US diplomatic memo, leaked to the British newspaper by WikiLeaks, David Hacham, an adviser …

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Egypt has plan in place for power transfer: VP

By Andrew Hammond and Tom Perry/Reuters CAIRO: Egypt has a plan and timetable for the peaceful transfer of power, the vice president said on Tuesday, adding that the government will not pursue protesters who have been demanding President Hosni Mubarak step down now. “The president welcomed the national consensus, confirming that we are putting our feet …

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Egypt gov’t talks with reformists about Mubarak

By Patrick Werr and Alexander Dziadosz /Reuters CAIRO: Egypt tried to get the nation back to work on Sunday with banks reopening, and the vice president held unprecedented talks with a banned Islamist group and other opponents about their demand that President Hosni Mubarak quit. A steady stream of employees flowed into Cairo’s financial district and …

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Suleiman meets with opposition on reform

By Marwa Awad /Reuters CAIRO: Vice President Omar Suleiman held talks on Sunday with Egyptian opposition groups including the officially banned Muslim Brotherhood to try and find a way out of the country’s worst crisis in decades, attendees said. They said the attendees included members of secular opposition parties, independent legal experts and business tycoon Naguib …

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Clashes in Tahrir were a conspiracy, says Suleiman

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Clashes in Tahrir on Wednesday were a conspiracy and those responsible will be punished, Vice President Omar Suleiman said Thursday in an interview with state TV. “There are groups inside and outside Egypt, from foreign countries to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) to businessmen with agendas, that want to take advantage of the …

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ElBaradei: Mubarak not listening to people with VP appointment

By Sherine El Madany / Reuters CAIRO: Egyptian activist Mohamed ElBaradei said Hosni Mubarak’s appointment of a vice president and a new prime minister was useless and he had not listened to the will of thousands of people calling for 30-year-rule to end. The 82-year-old president picked intelligence chief Omar Suleiman for vice president, the …

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