Profile: Egypt's new vice president

15:34, January 30, 2011      

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday appointed intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as Egypt's first vice president in 30 years.

Suleiman was born in Egypt's southern town of Qena on July 2, 1936. He entered Cairo's military academy for studies in 1954 and then went to the former Soviet Union to receive military training.

Suleiman was appointed Egypt's military intelligence chief in 1989. Since 1993, he had served as director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Services.

In recent years, Suleiman played an important role in Egypt's diplomacy and intelligence. He drew international attention for brokering peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians as well as internal reconciliation dialogue within the the Palestinians.

Source: Xinhua
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