President Mubarak Names Omar Suleiman Vice-President – Egypt

After five days of riots and protests across Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak has appointed Intelligence Chief, Omar Suleiman as the strife-torn country’s Vice-President. The appointment of Suleiman as the vice-President puts an end to the speculations on the succession of the Pharaoh’s throne after Hosni Mubarak. Hosni’s son, Gamal Mubarak was another powerful contender for the successor’s post, but lost out in the succession due to the tag of dynasty rule.


Omar Suleiman’s appointment as the Egyptian Vice-President is not likely to break the ice between the government and the protesters. Already more than 86 people have been killed and over 2,000 injured in clashes between the government and the protesters demanding for the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak on issues like unemployment, poverty and state repression. Cities like Cairo, Suez and Alexandria are simmering in the people’s revolution which has plenty of street-battles between the people and the army and several government buildings besieged and put on fire.
Before his appointment as Vice-President, Omar Suleiman has been a Minister without Portfolio and Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate (EGID) since 1993. Sulaiman, a former Lieutenant General of the Egyptian Army, has been ranked as one of the world’s most powerful spy chiefs and the entire Middle East’s most powerful intelligence chief by eminent global magazines like Foreign Policy.

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