Mubarak deputy decides to run for Egypt president

Egypt`s former vice president has changed his mind and says he will run in the upcoming Presidential Elections.

Updated: Apr 06, 2012, 23:36 PM IST

Cairo: Egypt`s former vice president appointed by Hosni Mubarak has changed his mind and says he will run in the upcoming Presidential Elections.

Omar Suleiman issued a statement on Friday saying he reversed an earlier decision to stay out of the race after his supporters pleaded with him. The state MENA news agency carried the statement.

Suleiman`s next step is to get the endorsement of 30,000 supporters before officially submitting his application to run.

Mubarak appointed Suleiman, then Egypt`s intelligence chief and a key ally of the now ousted president, during last year`s uprising.

He is distrusted by some as a symbol of the old regime but has found support among some liberals and moderates who fear the Islamists` rising power.

Bureau Report