Egypt’s former spy chief and Hosni Mubarak’s vice-president during the last days of his rule, has died in the United States where he was undergoing medical tests.
Omar Suleiman, who was 76, was said by one of his aides to have been in good health. It is not known what caused his death.
He tried to run for president earlier this year but was prevented from doing so by the elections committee, which said he did not have enough signatures backing him.
Suleiman took over as intelligence chief in 1993 and is said to have played a pivotal role in Egypt’s relations with Israel, the Palestinians and the US.