Egypt ups the ante on Nile dispute with Ethiopia

CAIRO, June 6 (UPI) -- Egypt's dispute with Ethiopia over the Nile River has gotten sharper with calls by political leaders for direct action to stop Addis Ababa building a massive dam Cairo says will cut off water the Land of the Pharoahs depends on for survival.
Egypt's former intel czar Omar Suleiman dies in U.S.

Egypt's former intel czar Omar Suleiman dies in U.S.

CAIRO, July 19 (UPI) -- The health of the former head of Egyptian intelligence declined after undergoing medical tests in the United States, state-media said after his death.
Report: Suleiman, VP under Mubarak, dies

Report: Suleiman, VP under Mubarak, dies

CAIRO, July 19 (UPI) -- Omar Suleiman, vice president under ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, has died in a U.S. hospital, Egypt's state-run media reported Thursday. He was 76.

Presidential candidates finalized in Egypt

CAIRO, April 26 (UPI) -- An Egyptian elections panel Thursday finalized a list of 13 candidates for president that includes a former member of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's Cabinet.
Egyptians protest against military rule

Egyptians protest against military rule

CAIRO, April 20 (UPI) -- Egyptian revolutionaries will hang in Cairo's central square if the leaders from the previous regime returned to power, a cleric said during Friday prayers.

Ex Arab League chief's chances boosted

CAIRO, April 18 (UPI) -- A decision by Egypt's Supreme Electoral Commission to bar 10 of the 23 presidential candidates boosts the former Arab League chief's chances, officials said.
Egyptian Parliament to check Suleiman forgery claim

Egyptian Parliament to check Suleiman forgery claim

CAIRO, April 17 (UPI) -- Egyptian officials rejected the appeals of a Muslim Brotherhood leader and nine other candidates banned from running in the May 23 presidential election.
Cairo investigates VP's presidential bid

Cairo investigates VP's presidential bid

CAIRO, April 17 (UPI) -- Former Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman used his intelligence connections to generate support for a presidential bid, an Egyptian lawmaker said.
Egyptian candidates fight for legitimacy

Egyptian candidates fight for legitimacy

CAIRO, April 16 (UPI) -- It's too late for former Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman to enter the presidential race because he's missed a key deadline, the Muslim Brotherhood said.

Banned Egyptian candidates appeal

CAIRO, April 16 (UPI) -- An Egyptian commission is considering the appeals of five candidates, including front-runners, who were banned from running for president, officials said.

10 candidates excluded from Egypt election

CAIRO, April 15 (UPI) -- Egypt's Presidential Elections Commission disqualified 10 candidates, stirring speculation the military leadership is attempting to undermine the revolution.

Ten candidates barred from Egypt election

CAIRO, April 14 (UPI) -- Ten candidates, including two conservative Muslims, have been barred from the crowded Egyptian presidential race, the High Election Commission said Saturday.

No to former regime, Egyptians chant

CAIRO, April 13 (UPI) -- Thousands of supporters of Islamist parties in Egypt demonstrating Friday in Cairo said their only demand was to prevent the return of the former regime.

Egyptian trial adjourns in NGO case

CAIRO, April 12 (UPI) -- The third session in a trial of 43 people in Egypt accused of working for American aid groups that took foreign funds without government consent has adjourned.

Muslim Bros. plan Friday demonstrations

CAIRO, April 11 (UPI) -- The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt called for mass demonstrations Friday in Cairo to protect the spirit of the revolution.
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Omar Suleiman
Egyptian intelligence service chief Omar Suleiman places a wreath at the grave of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in Arafat's former office compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 21, 2004, as Palestinians mark the end of forty days since his death. (UPI Photo/Jamal Aruri/POOL)

Omar Suleiman (Arabic: عمر سليمان‎, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: ; born 2 July 1936) is a former Egyptian army general, politician, diplomat, and intelligence officer. A leading figure in Egypt's intelligence system since 1986, Suleiman was appointed to the long-vacant Vice Presidency by then-President Hosni Mubarak on 29 January 2011. On 11 February 2011, Suleiman announced Mubarak's resignation and ceased being Vice President; governing power was transferred to the Armed Forces Supreme Council, of which Suleiman is not a member. A new head of intelligent services was appointed by the ruling Supreme Council. Suleiman withdrew from the political scene and did not appear in public after announcing Mubarak's resignation.

Millions of Egyptian citizens involved in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 opposed Suleiman or Mubarak remaining in power without elections taking place. Human rights groups tied Suleiman’s career to a regime marked by widespread human rights abuses, and asserted that many Egyptians "see Suleiman as Mubarak II." Torture victims and human rights groups charged that Suleiman oversaw the systematic use of torture on detainees and that in at least one instance he personally tortured a detainee during his career in intelligence. In response to the 2011 protests, Suleiman blamed foreign influence and appealed to protestors to go home.

Suleiman was born in Qena in Upper Egypt. In 1954 at the age of 19, he moved to Cairo to enroll in Egypt's prestigious Military Academy. He received additional military training in the Soviet Union at Moscow's Frunze Military Academy. He participated in both the Six-Day and October wars. In the mid-1980's, Suleiman earned additional degrees, including a bachelor's degree from Ain Shams University and a master's degree from Cairo University, both in political science. A fluent English speaker, Suleiman was transferred to military intelligence, where he worked on Egypt-United States relations.

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