Egypt: A New Presidential Candidate in the Making
Date posted: June 19, 2009
In September 2005 Ayman Nour of Al Ghad Party and No'man Goma'a of New Wafd Partynominated themselves against President Hosni Mubarak. Nour was charged with fraud and Goma'a was accused of insanity! Since 2000, Gamal Hosni Mubarak has the been groomed to be his father's successor as the next president with no apparent opponent. Today, rumor has it that Omar Soliman, Chief of The Egyptian General Intelligence Services, is an eligible presidential candidate.
With only 19 members, I support & I am proud that "Omar Suleiman" is the next President of EGYPT is a Facebook group campaigning for Suleiman; Wael Samir, creator of the group ended his introduction of Lieutenant General Omar Soliman saying:
Gen. Omar Suleiman, .. I am proud that you are the next President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.
and about his future political role, he wrote:
In the recent years, due to his powerful role in Regional political scene, many speculations rose to conclude that Suleiman will succeed current Egyptian president, Mubarak and become the fifth Egyptian President, or at least become a Vice President. Although many have voiced that these rumors are true due to many factors including power, respect amongst Arab leaders and Israel, neither Suleiman nor the National Democratic Party spoke of this or commented on any future political role for Suleiman. Despite this, he still remains a plausible presidential candidate, should the next president come from a military background.
El Negm El Sa3ed (Rising Star) is the anonymous owner of Omar Soliman's blog. His slogan is:
The Arabist is so excited about this blog:
[A] Blog dedicated to advocating Omar Suleiman as Egypt's next president – today's front page story in al-Dustour. Its slogan: "no to the Brothers, no to Gamal". I think this representative of a fairly large constituency in Egypt, but you have to wonder: Mubarak-haters are unhappy with his son, understandably, but why then go with his right-hand man? The other thing you have to wonder – who's behind the blog? Is this a test balloon by the Omar Suleiman people as we approach succession? The game is on, people, the game is on.
In this post, El Negm El Sa3ed quotes what renowned Egyptian politicians have to say aboutOmar Soliman in comparison to Gamal Mubarak:
Speaking of Gamal Mubarak, Wael Nawara posted this poll on his blog:
In this post he quotes Al Quds Al Arabi newspaper saying:
In that post, he quotes The Global Post saying:
The blog showcases various clippings from Al Dostoor Newpaper, Al Osbou', Al Jazeera Channel, The BBC Video Report, The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, and more – all in support of the new presidential candidate.