Egypt: Former intelligence chief Suleiman dies in US

19 July, 13:27

(ANSAmed) - CAIRO, JULY 19 - The former powerful chief of Egypt's intelligence services under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, Omar Suleiman, died at 77 today while he was undergoing clinical tests in the United States, Egyptian news agency Mena reported. The former intelligence chief, who served as Mubarak's deputy for twelve days during last year's revolution, suffered from a heart condition and lung cancer, a close source told Mena.

Suleiman regularly travelled to the States for treatment and lived in the Arab Emirates after his candidature at presidential elections this year was not accepted by the electoral commission as the ex intelligence chief had failed to collect the 30,000 signatures necessary under the law for him to run.

The Egyptian official, who had led Egypt's intelligence since 1993, made the televised statement broadcast worldwide in which he announced that Mubarak was stepping down on February 11, 2011. Mubarak relied on Suleiman to negotiate difficult issues with the Israelis and Palestinians. (ANSAmed)

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