Hosni Mubarak’s former intelligence chief’s bid for the Egyptian presidency would cause a second revolution if successful according the the Muslim Brotherhood.
Omar Suleiman declared his candidacy at the eleventh hour on Friday, presenting the required 30,000 signatures.
The Brotherhood’s candidate, Khairat al-Shater, is thought to be the front-runner in the race. He denounced Suleiman’s bid as an insult to the revolution:
“He was one of the main figures of the Mubarak regime and he was the loyal man Mubarak chose as his vice president when matters became difficult.”
But the fact that Suleiman was able to gather the 30,000 signatures proves he still has some polititical influence over a year after Mubarak was forced to stand down.
Al-Shater maintains that the only way Suleiman could win would be through forgery and that, he said, would trigger another uprising.
The election is due to take place throughout May and June.