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Egypt's Ex-vice President Suleiman to Run for President
April 8, 2012

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Another high-profile figure, Omar Suleiman, a former vice-president and intelligence chief under former President Hosni Mubarak, has announced his candidacy for the Egyptian presidency, in the waning moments before the nomination deadline.

Suleiman, who announced Mubarak's departure on state television, was a long-serving member of Mubarak's government and sometimes represented the country on a head-of-state level in talks with other countries. He was also head of the intelligence service when many people were tortured under emergency laws that the government later revoked.

Most observers don't think that Suleiman can get enough votes to be elected president, but his candidacy does present an opportunity for Mubarak loyalists to vote for someone they trust.

The presidency is likely to be contested among a large handful of candidates, several of which are as well-known as Suleiman. Just last week, the Muslim Brotherhood reversed its earlier vow and declared a presidential candidate, Khairat el-Shater. Also running are former foreign minister and Arab League chief Amr Moussa and Ahmed Shafiq, who was the country's last prime minister under Mubarak. Former Muslim Brotherhood member Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh is also running.

The two-day election will run May 23-24. If no candidate gains more than 50 percent of the vote, then the candidates who receive the two highest vote totals will take part in a runoff election on June 16-17. Final results will be announced on June 21. The ruling generals have vowed to hand over power by July 1.



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