Aides: Egypt's ex-spy chief enters presidential race

April 6, 2012 19:31

CAIRO - Aides of ousted Hosni Mubarak's former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman said on Friday he planned to contest the presidential election, reversing a statement earlier this week that he would not run.

Omar Suleiman, 74, was Mubarak's close associate for decades and served as his vice president briefly during the uprising that forced him to step down a year ago.

Hundreds rallied in Cairo on Friday to press Suleiman to join the race, carrying banners reading "Suleiman, save Egypt" and "We need you Suleiman". Commentators say he would appeal to the country's military and voters worried about stability.

In a statement attributed to Suleiman circulated by campaign aides, the man who was the director of military intelligence and the General Intelligence Service vowed to run if he could get the necessary registration of 30,000 supporters by Saturday.

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