Omar Suleiman

January 29, 2011 by staff 

Omar Suleiman, After the fifth day of anti-government protests, President Hosni Mubarak has appointed Omar Suleiman, head of intelligence of the country, as the new vice president.

The passage is significant because for the first time in 30 years of Mubarak’s rule he was appointed a deputy.

It is not likely to appease the protesters, however, that Suleiman is a military man closely associated with the Mubarak regime.

Armed Shafiq, a former aviation minister, was appointed Prime Minister. Observers say it is also unlikely to calm the protesters demanding the resignation of President and a brand new start.

Tens of thousands of protesters continue to fill the streets of Cairo and other major cities, with at least ten deaths reported, although sources say that the movement is essentially peaceful.

In wealthy suburbs, however, there are reports of gunfire and looting, and households come together to protect their property.

Britain has called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to “listen urgently” to the protesters that the pressure for him to leave intensification.

Foreign Secretary William Hague has delivered the message after tens of thousands of protesters again defied the government curfew to remain in the street.

Over 50 people have now been killed and thousands wounded in five days of clashes between police and the crowd by demanding economic reform, social and democratic.

The efforts by Mr. Mubarak to contain the crisis and prolong its reign of three decades seemed to have little success. On Saturday night, he appointed former intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, as his new assistant, having rejected his cabinet overnight.

But the army seems unwilling to intervene to quell the uprising and the United States and the United Kingdom – longtime allies of the president – have refused to support his regime. America is reviewing its aid measures of several billion dollars to Egypt in light of the violence.

Nobel Peace Prize, Mohamed ElBaradei, a leading opponent of Mr Mubarak, is back in the country to join the dissidents, but it is believed to have been placed under house arrest.

The Foreign Office has advised Britons against “all but essential” travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez, while extra diplomatic staff has been airlifted to help those stranded. Around 30,000 British nationals are in the country but the majority is in the stations relatively safe from the Red Sea.

Mr Hague said Mr Mubarak: “We ask him now to listen to the aspirations of urgency expressed by the Egyptian people, he must seize this moment to make these reforms real and visible and to build on the values are universal law. In all countries. Peaceful reform, not repression, must be the way forward. ”

Mr Hague said travel advice for Britons is under “constant review”, adding: “. I send you additional resources in Cairo to provide consular support to British nationals affected by the events as soon as possible ”

Protesters in Egypt were encouraged by the success of the recent uprising in Tunisia, which saw President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali ejected after 23 years in power. The pace of events has shocked observers and led to speculation that other countries such as Yemen may be beside the experience of popular unrest.

After five days of rioting and protests across Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak has appointed intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman as vitiating the war-torn country president. Suleiman’s appointment as vice-president puts an end to speculation about the succession to the throne of Pharaoh after Hosni Mubarak. Hosni’s son Gamal Mubarak has been another strong competitor for the position of successor, but he lost in the estate because of the label of the rule of the dynasty. Omar Suleiman appointed, as Vice-President of Egypt is not likely to break the ice between the government and protesters.
Already more than 86 people were killed and over 2,000 wounded in clashes between government and protesters demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak on issues like unemployment, poverty and state repression. Cities like Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and simmering in the popular revolution that has lots of street battles between the people and the army and several government buildings and set fire siege.
Prior to his appointment as vice-president, Omar Suleiman has been a minister without portfolio and Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence (EGID) since 1993. Sulaiman, a former lieutenant-general of the Egyptian army, was ranked as one of the leaders of the world’s most powerful spy chief and the entire Middle East intelligence for the most powerful of World leading magazines such as foreign policy.

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