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Mubarak's intelligence chief presidential campaign still gathering endorsements

Omar Suleiman's campaign denies news that he will officially submit his presidential candidacy Monday

Zeinab El Gundy, Monday 2 Apr 2012
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presidential candidate Omar Soliman (Photo: Reuters)
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New reports spread on Monday morning that former vice president Omar Suleiman was going to submit his presidential candidacy later on the same day after weeks of rumours and unconfirmed news that he will join the presidential race.

Samuel El-Ashy , the head of the Revolutionary Front to support Omar Suleiman for presidency denied the news saying that the former Lt. General will not announce his candidacy today. "We are still gathering recommendations" El-Ashy told Ahram Online, referring to the 30,000 recommendation forms necessary before a presidential bid can be filed. "We have not finished gathering them yet," El-Ashy added.

In order to be nominated, candidates must secure the support of 30 elected MPs or the recommendations of eligible 30,000 voters from at least 15 Egyptian governorates or a nomination from a party with in the parliament.

The Omar Suleiman support campaigns have already claimed in the past three weeks that they managed to gather thousands of recommendations. There are now several Facebook pages supporting the presidential bid.

For weeks news reports speculated that the former chief of General Intelligence for 16 years was going to announce his presidency, but this was denied several times in a way that did not put the rumours fully to rest.

Just hours after former political advisor to Mubarak said on Al-Nahar TV last Saturday that Soliman would not run for the presidency, there were news reports that Soliman had acquired headquarters in Dokki, Giza.

According to some political observers Suleiman was among the rivals of Gamal Mubarak son of Hosni Mubarak who was being groomed for the presidency before the outbreak of revolution.

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Adham Zidan
03-04-2012 01:13pm
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How about 'Torturer Turned Presidential Candidate?
Don't vote for Islamists. Heck, I'm definitely not going to. They're just like the NDP, but with beards and zebibas. But before you go around claiming that Omar Suleiman is the answer, how about you do a little research first? http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/01/who-is-omar-suleiman.html http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/30-2 And that's not even beginning to discuss his relationship to SCAF or the old regime cronies. Not to mention no one knows his campaign in the first place. If this is your idea of what it takes to bring Egypt out of the 'turmoils' it's facing, then I truly hope you're alone in this.
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azza sedky
02-04-2012 05:49pm
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Mubarak's Intelligence Chief is a wrong title
So he was Mubarak's Intelligence Chief, but labeling him as such is incorrect. With the turmoils that Egyptians are facing, on a daily basis, in the political arena, I am tempted to say I will vote for anyone who isn't an islamists. Islamists have to much power now and they will lead the country, with no opposition, to wherever they want, be it Saudia Arabic or Iran, or wherever--no opposition, no opposition. End result: democracy out the window. Read the democratic disillusion: http://azzasedky.typepad.com/egypt/2012/02/the-islamists-are-here.html
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