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Egypt's Former VP Omar Suleiman Enters Presidential Race

Egypt's former vice-president Omar Suleiman announced his decision to contest next month's presidential elections, media reports said Friday.

The ex-intelligence chief served as vice-president before former president Hosni Mubarak was overthrown last year. Before the historic uprising, Suleiman was widely considered to be a potential successor to Mubarak.

Suleiman, who was Mubarak's trusted deputy for many years, also oversaw certain portfolios in Egypt's foreign affairs, like Palestinian reconciliation.

Th Presidential elections will be held in late May, about a month ahead of the planned handover of power by the military-led caretaker government. Under new rules approved in a referendum last year, Presidency is limited to two consecutive, four-year terms.

by RTT Staff Writer

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