Egypt’s former intelligence chief said his presidential bid isn’t an effort to restore the ousted regime he served, as the Muslim Brotherhood’s main candidate blamed Egypt’s economic woes on the Hosni Mubarak era.
Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters filled Cairo’s Tahrir Square, with many setting up makeshift camps before dusk, as Vice President Omar Suleiman sought to convince demonstrators that the government is serious about moving toward democracy and stabilizing the economy.
Egypt’s first presidential race since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster had a rocky start as Islamists and one of the former regime’s most powerful figures readied for an electoral battle and questions were raised over candidates’ legitimacy.
Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman escaped an attempted assassination following his Jan. 29 appointment that left two bodyguards dead, Fox News reported, citing a senior U.S. government official it didn’t identify.
Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris , the chairman of Orascom Telecom Holding SAE, said the appointment of Omar Suleiman as the nation’s vice president by President Hosni Mubarak may not be enough to satisfy protesters.