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Ex-spy chief Suleiman quits race for Egyptian presidency

April 6, 2012 - Cairo

Former spy chief and vice president of Egypt Omar Suleiman has quit the race for presidential elections, ending weeks of speculation.

Suleiman, who served as Hosni Mubarak's vice president before his defeat in 2011, said that he would keep out of the election because getting the nomination was too difficult.

According to News 24, Suleiman said he tried to overcome difficulties related to the current situation, and the administrative, financial and organisational demands of the candidature until Thursday morning, but failed to do so.

Candidates standing for the presidency election need 30,000 signatures from people or support of a party in parliament.

The election due on May 23 and 24 will be the first presidential elections after the ouster of Mubarak in a popular uprising in February last year leading to military rule.

The military said that it would handover power to the winner by the end of June. The contestants include Khairat el-Shater, a leader of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, and former Arab League chief Amr Mussa.


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