Murdering Spy, Omar Suleiman runs for President in Egypt
‘Egypt former intelligence chief to run for president: Report
Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:52AM GMT
Reports that Egypt’s former spy chief Omar Suleiman is planning to run for president in the country’s upcoming elections have outraged many Egyptians, Press TV reports.
According to reports in several Egyptian newspapers on Monday, the ex-intelligence czar intends to officially register himself for the country’s first presidential elections since former ruler Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a popular revolution last year.
“I cannot refuse the call of the people, I don’t want power but to prove my intention to serve the country for the rest of my life,” Suleiman was quoted as saying by the state-owned daily newspaper Al-Akhbar.
The news has angered many Egyptians who are calling for the prosecution of Suleiman who also served as vice president for several days before Mubarak was forced out of power.
“Omar Suleiman is a murderer, and not only that, he stood in the way of Palestine’s liberation and exported gas to Israel. How come such a corrupt man can become Egypt’s president?” a Cairo resident told Press TV.
Sulieman is the third presidential candidate to be drawn from Egyptian General Intelligence after General Hossam Khairallah and Major General Mamdouh Qotub.
Registration for candidacy is open until April 8, with the first round of elections scheduled for May 23 and May 24.