Group promotes Egypt's spy chief for president

September 2, 2010 23:23


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CAIRO — Activists on Thursday hung posters across Cairo supporting Egypt's intelligence chief as a candidate in next year's presidential elections, the latest campaign to try to undermine a possible father-son succession in the Arab world's most populous nation.

The posters of Lt. Gen. Omar Suleiman were also a sign that the debate over who is to rule this close US ally is now being fought out on the streets, and not in closed doors or among intellectuals.

The group putting up the posters has insisted on anonymity so it is impossible to determine its credibility or popularity, but it is championing one of the most powerful men in the country.

Presenting Suleiman as an alternative could signal the first challenge to the father-son succession from within the regime, analysts said, since the general comes from the powerful military and wields a great deal of influence in the governing of the country.

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