CAIRO - Thousands of well-wishers and Egypt's military brass gathered on Saturday for the funeral of the country's former intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, a key figure in the fallen Mubarak regime who died this week in hospital in the United States.

Supporters of Suleiman chanted "God is great" and "in the name of God," as his casket was hoisted atop a horse-drawn cart after a ceremony at the Al Rashdan Mosque in Cairo's Heliopolis district.

Some yelled out slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood, the party of newly elected president Mohamed Mursi and which Egypt's intelligence services fought for years to contain.

Suleiman, 76, was ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's last deputy and one of his most trusted advisers. He stepped briefly into the limelight when he was made vice president days before Mubarak was overthrown in a popular uprising last year.

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