Sabtu, 29 Januari 2011

Egyptian Intelligence Chief Appointed Being Vice President

New Vice President of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, is a leading figure in Egypt for a long time. In 1993, Omar has been appointed as head of Egyptian intelligence and responsible for a number of foreign policy issues are sensitive.Suleiman is the closest confidant of President Hosni Mubarak and the first person appointed as vice president since Mubarak to power 30 years ago. Mubarak himself is a vice president before taking over power after the assassination of his predecessor, Anwar Sadat.

Suleiman received international awards for his role as a mediator in Israeli-Palestinian peace process for his efforts to curb Islamic extremism. In 2009, Foreign Policy magazine gave him rank as one of his intelligence service chief of the most influential in the Middle East. Like Mubarak, Suleiman and Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq new military backgrounds. Shafiq is a former air force chief of staff and minister of civil aviation. Suleiman was a lieutenant general.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian government called on the police want any troops to maintain security in the face of anti-government protests that have caused many casualties. However, the people of Egypt to assess the two powers differently.

Protesters engaged in fierce clashes with the police anti-riot. But a few days later, they welcomed the presence of soldiers well. Protesters in Cairo up the army vehicle, to hug and kiss and take pictures with their army. Some demonstrators chanted slogans stating the army and the people are on the same side.

Egyptian Army consisted of 500 thousand soldiers are very popular and respected. While the police regarded as corrupt and oppressive.

Loyalty is important in determining whether the army of President Hosni Mubarak remains in power or not. So far, the army showed little signs of suppressing riots. The New York Times says at least in one case on Saturday, the army protects the protesters who clashed with police.

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