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Egypt military coup is 'very possible', says Mubarak's ex-spy chief

Omar Suleiman claims ongoing political instability may prompt the army to reassert control, bringing it into direct conflict with a more militant Muslim Brotherhood

Ahram Online, Monday 21 May 2012
Former spy chief and one-time presidential candidate Omar Suleiman (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's ex-intelligence chief has predicted a military coup that will eventually pit the country's armed forces against the Muslim Brotherhood and its future "Iranian-style revolutionary guard".

Omar Suleiman made the prediction during a conversation with Jehad El-Khazen, a journalist with the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, who reported it in his Sunday column.
Suleiman, whose presidential campaign floundered after legal hurdles, said Egypt faces the prospect of ongoing instability under an Islamist-dominated government. 
This could lead to confrontations between Egypt's political groups and citizens, potentially spiralling into a civil war like that witnessed in Iraq, Suleiman told Khazen.
Such as situation would make the prospect of a military coup against the government "very possible", according to the retired general.
He went on to claim that the Brotherhood is forming paramilitary forces modelled on Iran's Revolutionary Guard to be ready in 2 to 3 years and which will fight to protect the Islamist group's political power.
Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh also came under fire from Suleiman, who claimed the Islamist presidential candidate was the founder of the Gamaa Islamiya (Islamic Group), an organisation behind a wave of brutal violence across Egypt in the early 1990s.
Suleiman also condemned the performance of Egypt's new Parliament, saying that MPs have focused on petty issues while ignoring the essential needs of citizens.
He claimed the Brotherhood had deceived the poor, who represent around 40 per cent of Egyptians, by providing them with low-price foodstuffs in return for electoral support.
Suleiman's informal tete-a-tete with Khazen was the 77-year old's first interview since his elimination from Egypt's presidential race in April. 
An 11th hour candidate, the ex-spy head was disqualified after failing to meet registration guidelines.
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Hesham Agag
27-05-2012 09:40am
What is SCAF responce?
Since that interview,i was waiting for reaction for Soliman ,sayings.Scaf should comment and do not let such dangerous words go witout any comment,
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Free Lady
22-05-2012 07:13am
Blak Box
Mr. Suleiman is opening black box. Mr. Fotouh need to clarify his name being founder of Gamaa Islamiya. Egyptian Revolutionary Guards a new term for us. Its shocking and mind blowing revelations and should be taken with great caution.
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21-05-2012 09:29pm
LIES! and more LIES!
Omar Suleiman is the chief torturer of the Mubarak Regime. He is a liar and should NEVER be trusted! He was even disqualified from the presidential race because of his lying. Any ethical news would not print a word of his lies and plots! This man should be behind bars with his buddy in crime Mubarak! NEVER trust a liar or news that lets liars propagate their mischief and attempts at destroying the goals of our revolution!
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