Egypt election: Omar Suleiman criticises Muslim Brotherhood (BBC) British Broadcasting Company) 9 April 2012 Last updated at 16:48 GMT)
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Egypt´s former intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, has strongly
criticised the Muslim Brotherhood and insisted he would restore
stability as president.
In an interview published in Egyptian newspapers, Gen Suleiman
suggested the Islamist group had lost popularity as it sought to
If elected, he promised not to "reinvent" the regime of Hosni Mubarak.
However, the Muslim Brotherhood´s candidate said Egyptians would
return to the streets if Gen Suleiman won.
"We strongly reject the attempt to reproduce the former regime
represented in the person of Major General Omar Suleiman," Khairat al-
Shater, who was imprisoned during Mr Mubarak´s rule, told reporters.
"This is an insult to the Egyptian revolution and reflects a lack
awareness of the nature of change that has happened in the Egyptian
Gen Suleiman served as the head of Egypt´s General Intelligence
Department for 18 years, a position that gave him a central role in a
regime that was accused of corruption and human rights abuses.
He became the country´s first vice-president in 30 years on 29
January 2011, four days after the popular uprising against Mr Mubarak
Two weeks later, it was Gen Suleiman who appeared on state television
to announce the long-time president had stepped down.
But in the interview published by the newspaper al-Akhbar, the 75-
year-old sought to distance himself from the old regime.
"The clock cannot be turned back and the revolution laid down a new
reality that cannot be ignored," he said. "And no-one, no matter who
he is, will be able to reinvent a regime that fell, folded and was
rejected and revolted against."
Gen Suleiman said he had objected to many of Mr Mubarak´s policies,
laws and "what transpired" in the widely-criticised 2010
"Those who think that my candidacy for president means reinventing
the former regime must realise that being the head of the General
Intelligence Department or vice-president for a few days does not
mean that I was part of an institution against which people
revolted," he added.
"I am counting on the little people, on the young and on
intellectuals. I am counting on those who want security and
stability, who want to be able to earn a living in dignity and
He also said the Muslim Brotherhood had "lost a lot of its
"There has been a change on the Egyptian street. The practises of the
Brotherhood and their monopolistic ways and unacceptable
pronouncements have contributed to the change in public opinion."
He claimed to have received death threats from "elements" of the
Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups since Friday, and said
they were "deluding themselves" if they thought he would abandon his
The BBC´s Yolande Knell in Cairo says there are many other candidates
standing in this election, including the former Arab League Secretary
General, Amr Moussa, and the Salafist, Hazem Abu Ismail.
But for now, the political debate in Egypt has polarised along
familiar lines, our correspondent adds. (© BBC MMXII 04/09/12)
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