Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Omar Suleiman’

Hosni Mubarak steps down

February 11, 2011 Comments off

Omar Suleiman said Mr Mubarak, who earlier left Cairo for Sharm el-Sheikh, has handed control to the military.

Car horns were heard around the capital in celebration following the announcement.

Crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square chanted: “The people have brought down the regime.”

“In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic,” Mr Suleiman said. “He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state. God is our protector and succor.”

Mohammed ElBaradei, one of Egypt’s key opposition leaders, said: Read more…

Hosni Mubarak gives authority to VP Omar Suleiman

February 10, 2011 Comments off

Egyptian Presidential Palace

On October 14, 1981 Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak assumed the Presidency of Egypt following the assassination of President Anwar El Sadat. He is the longest-serving Egyptian ruler since Muhammad Ali Pasha.  He announced today that he will not resign but will handover power to Vice President Omar Suleiman ,however, he will no longer run for office.

He quotes “Will work for a peaceful transition of power; says he wants honesty and transparency…I will not run for next presidential election; wants smooth transfer of power…Praises youth and sacrifices; says he will punish those responsible for attacks”

On Feb 4, 2011 there was a failed assassination attempt on Egypt’s vice president left two of his bodyguards dead.

Since January 25, 2011, for a total of 17 days, a popular uprising from the people of Egypt called for his resignation as president of Egypt due to corruptness and illegal activities that the government was associated with.  Because of inflation, many Egyptians are currently struggling to feed themselves as the country’s food crisis is beginning to spiral out of control utilizing anywhere between 40 to 60 percent of their wages going to food.

With this announcement brings many questions to mind. Who will lead Egypt?  What will the future of Egypt bring to the world?  How will this affect the relationship with Israel and the United States?  Is this just a preview of what is to come in other Middle East/ North Africa countries whom are in an eerily similar format?  What will happen with crude oil prices?  As of now all we can do is watch and see history unfold before our eyes.  September awaits…

Cables say Israel favours Suleiman

February 9, 2011 Comments off

Preference for Egypt’s new vice-president to succeed Mubarak disclosed by leaked documents obtained by WikiLeaks.

Mounting protests against Mubarak’s rule prompted the Egyptian leader to appoint Suleiman as vice-president [AFP]

Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s recently appointed vice-president, has long long seen by Israel as the favoured successor to Hosni Mubarak, the current president, according to a leaked diplomatic cable obtained by WikiLeaks, the whistleblower website, and published by the UK daily, The Telegraph.

The August 2008 cable said David Hacham, a senior adviser at the Israeli ministry of defence (MoD), told US officials the Israelis expected Suleiman, spelt Soliman in some cables, to take over.

“Hacham noted that the Israelis believe Soliman is likely to serve as at least an interim president if Mubarak dies or is incapacitated,” the cable sent from the US embassy in Tel Aviv said.

“We defer to Embassy Cairo for analysis of Egyptian succession scenarios, but there is no question that Israel is most comfortable with the prospect of Omar Soliman,” the memo cited US diplomats as saying.

The cable said Hacham was full of praise for Suleiman, even noting that Read more…

Egypt VP Targeted in Assassination Attempt That Killed Two Bodyguards, Sources Tell Fox News

February 4, 2011 1 comment

An assassination attempt on the Egyptian vice president left two of his bodyguards dead, sources told Fox News Channel on Friday.

The unsuccessful attempt to kill Omar Suleiman reportedly came in the past couple of days as violent unrest rocked the capital Cairo.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs would not comment on the matter when asked Friday.

Fox News Channel said it had not been able to independently confirm the story on the ground in Cairo.

Meantime, an AFP correspondent reported that gunshots erupted Friday for a few minutes at Cairo’s central Tahrir Square at the epicenter of protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year grip on power.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declined to address the assassination reports when asked by Fox News.

“I’m not going to … get into that question,” Gibbs said.

Categories: Egypt Tags: ,