Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

9 April 2012

Egypt: Emergency Session Seeks Strategy in Response to Suleiman's Nomination

Egypt's Wasat party has called presidential candidates to attend an emergency session on Monday afternoon to study possible strategies to respond to ex-spy chief Omar Suleiman's nomination for presidency.

The invitation is extended to all presidential candidates.

Amr Moussa, Mohamed Selim Al-Awa, Hesham Al-Bastawisi, Ayman Nour, Aboul Ezz Al-Hariri have already confirmed their intention to attend the session, inside sources from Wasat announced, adding that communication with other candidates to learn of their stance is currently ongoing, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Suleiman submitted his official candidacy application to the Presidential Elections Commission on Sunday, secured by over 30, 000 citizen recommendations. He announced his intention to join the race on Friday in response to a supporters' rally who pushed for his nomination.

Suleiman's decision spurred rage and resentment among some political forces who view his nomination as a "reproduction of the Mubarak regime".

The 75-year old presidential candidate was Egypt's spy-chief for almost two decades until former President Hosni Mubarak appointed him vice-president at the peak of a popular uprising that toppled the 30-year old regime.

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