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UPDATE: Egypt's former spy chief, Mubarak vice-president, Omar Suleiman dies

Mubarak's spy chief passes away while undergoing medical examinations in US hospital

Ahram Online, Thursday 19 Jul 2012
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Former chief of intelligence Omar Suleiman (Photo: AP)
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Egypt's former spy chief Omar Suleiman died early on Thursday aged 76 whilst undergoing medical tests in the US, Reuters reported.

As spy chief Suleiman was not in the public eye but he hit the headlines after being appointed vice-president by ousted president Hosni Mubarak during last year's uprising.

Under pressure of the ongoing millions-strong protests in Tahrir and around the country, a compromise deal was floated, according to which Suleiman would assume the president's powers for the duration of Mubarak's term, along with a pledge by the then president that he would not run again for the post.

Suleiman's tenure as vice-president lasted for just few days as Mubarak was deposed shortly after his appointment.

It was Suleiman who, in a short TV address on 11 February 2011, announced that Mubarak had stepped down, giving over his powers to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF).

For a while afterwards, Suleiman all but vanished from the political scene, before he returned after announcing his intention to run for president.

His presidential bid was, however, turned down by the Supreme Presidential Electoral Committee (SPEC) because he failed to acquire the number of recommendations stipulated by the election law.

After Mohamed Morsi, a senior figure in the Brotherhood, became Egypt's president, Suleiman warned that Egypt would become a theocratic state.

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Samantha Criscione
19-07-2012 04:04pm
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Suleiman exposed foreign meddling (by the West and Iran, and their proxies) in Egypt
His underlying point was that the threatening behavior of the Islamists and the meddling of the foreign forces sponsoring them in Egypt combine to make casual democracy impossible. We are seeing the truth of that every day.
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Samantha Criscione
19-07-2012 04:03pm
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Suleiman exposed foreign meddling (by the West and Iran, and their proxies) in Egypt
His underlying point was that the threatening behavior of the Islamists and the meddling of the foreign forces sponsoring them in Egypt combine to make casual democracy impossible. We are seeing the truth of that every day.
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Nancy
19-07-2012 02:35pm
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Too shocked!
I never liked him and honestly, he gave me chills whenever he talked. His death, however, is very shocking and very suspicious. The man must have died with a lot of secrets lost forever.
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Guest
19-07-2012 12:52pm
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quite suspicious
"He was fine. It came suddenly while he was having medical tests in Cleveland," Gen Suleiman's assistant, Hussein Kamal, told Reuters news agency. Hmm, dying suddenly while undergoing a medical test….quite suspicious, isn’t it?
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ibraheem
19-07-2012 12:44pm
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mysterious
Something not quite right here! Has he been killed deliberately? so to conceal any infomation he may know about his US masters deep rooted involvement in egypt
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Nayera
19-07-2012 12:43pm
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Omar Soliman great loss
we lost a great man RIP
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Shabbir Ahmed
19-07-2012 12:39pm
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One by one
His boss still waiting, 1st V president , then ex president Mubarek.
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Karim
19-07-2012 11:28am
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"Bearded" Egypt!
He said: "Egypt is not ready for democracy". And i think he was right. Now the democracy is making by bearded natives.
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A democrat
19-07-2012 03:14pm
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Ridiculous
Karim, you are as "native" as the "bearded" ones. And the "bearded" ones would not be succesful now if people like you (so-called liberals) had developed a social agenda the same way the MB did for the past decades. Democracy means fighting for the vote of the poor (in any contry, see the emerging economies) and you must work hard now for it instead of whining.
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UNF
19-07-2012 11:21am
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Dead slave tells no tales
It is a pity Hillary's assassins got to this traitorous criminal before the Egyptian People could have their proper reckoning with him.
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Ahmed M Ibrahim
19-07-2012 11:16am
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Omar Sulaiman
A very sad day for Egypt.
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