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Omar Suleiman de facto Egyptian president a feared man

Long a pillar of Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule over Egypt, Omar Suleiman now sits at the top of the pyramid as its de facto president.

A former general who trained under both the United States and Soviet Union during the Cold War, Suleiman took over Egypt’s Mukhabarat intelligence agency in 1993. “He is basically your main go-to guy in Egypt,” former Deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin said.

A 2006 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, disclosed by the WikiLeaks website in January, called intelligence collaboration with Suleiman “probably the most successful element” of the U.S. relationship with Egypt.

But that relationship is “a little like being in bed with the Mafia,” author Ron Suskind told CNN’s Parker Spitzer. “If someone knocks on your door at night and you disappear, Omar Suleiman is probably behind it,” said Suskind, whose 2006 book “The One Percent Doctrine” detailed the Bush administration’s post-9/11 counterterrorism policies. “He is a feared man, and certainly not a man with any legitimacy when it comes to rule of law or any of the principles we prized in America.”

The new vice president, whose agents are among the fingers of Mubarak’s iron hand, wasn’t seen as much of an improvement [over Hosni Mubarak] by opposition figures.

[CNN]

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2 Responses to “Omar Suleiman de facto Egyptian president a feared man”

  1. As a historical note, following is the chant echoed by two million Egyptians in Liberation Square, Feb. 10, 2011

    Leave means Get out
    Don’t you comprehend?
    O Suleiman O Suleiman
    You too must leave

    Sitting in sitting in
    Till the regime is gone
    Revolution, revolution until victory
    Revolution in all Egypt’s streets

  2. Update June 1012 – Mohamed Morsi, 60, was declared president after he took 52% of the vote to 48% for former Hosni Mubarak official Ahmed Shafik.

    Morsi leads the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s oldest and best-organized political movement.

    The first leader in Egypt’s history to win a democratic election is a study in contrasts: a strict Islamist educated in southern California, who vowed to stand for women’s rights yet argued for banning them from the presidency.


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