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Omar Suleiman

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Omar Suleiman's Biography

 On January 29 Omar Suleiman was appointed Egypt’s vice-president by President Hosni Mubarak in response to days of anti-government protests throughout the country.

General Omar Suleiman was formerly head of the powerful Egyptian General Intelligence Service (EGIS). He was born in 1935 in Qena in South Egypt, known as one of the poorest and most neglected provinces in the country, and rose to national prominence through Egypt’s armed forces. After training at Egypt’s Military Academy in Cairo and the Frunze Military Academy in Moscow and fighting in both the 1967 and 1973 wars, Suleiman was recognized as a distinguished military strategist.

Suleiman was transferred to the field of military intelligence during the mid-1980s, and in 1993 he was promoted to Director of General Intelligence at the height of the state’s violent confrontation with Islamic extremists. Suleiman’s political power extends beyond his role as head of Egypt’s intelligence unit. Beginning in 2000 with the outbreak of the Second Intifada, Suleiman has engaged in high-level (and high-profile) diplomacy, most notably acting as a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and as Egypt’s interlocutor between different Palestinian factions, especially Fatah and Hamas. Suleiman has thus built a strong relationship with U.S. government and intelligence officials.

A close associate of President Mubarak, Suleiman is considered by some analysts in Egypt as a potential presidential successor, and he has begun to receive public endorsements across the political spectrum for a presidential bid. However, because active-duty military officers cannot be members of political parties, Suleiman would have to retire from his post in order to run for the presidency, only to face the same constitutionally-enshrined obstacles as many other presidential hopefuls who can only run as independents.

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  • MSNBC's Sole Palestinian Voice Rula Jebreal Takes on Pro-Israeli Goverment ...

      News Source: Truthout | 5 days ago
    We're joined now by Rula Jebreal to talk about what happened...She worked for many years as a broadcast journalist in Italy, where she also covered the Middle East. She is the author of Miral , which was made into a film by Julian Schnabel...Can you
  • Egypt Fast Facts

      News Source: CNN | 1 month ago
    Egypt is located in North Africa and is bisected by the Nile River...About Egypt: (from the CIA World Fact Book ) Area: 1,001,450 sq km (about three times the size of New Mexico) Population: 86,895,099 (July 2014 est.) Median age: 25.1 (2014 est.)
  • Former Egyptian president and his sons jailed for three years for stealing ...

      News Source: Mail Online UK | 2 months ago
    Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzlement and ordered to pay back $17.6m The graft case against the 86-year-old Mubarak, who is kept in custody at a military hospital, is one of two against

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