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Egypt: Thousands attend Suleiman's funeral

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Egypt: Thousands attend Suleiman's funeral


Thousands of Egyptians have attended the military funeral of Hosni Mubarak’s former right-hand man
Omar Suleiman.

The ex-spy chief, 76, died on Thursday in the United States.

He is said to have suffered from a rare disease affecting the heart and kidneys. But sceptics claim the death of a man who knew so many secrets of the former regime may be more suspicious.

Suleiman was a fierce opponent of Islamists. Egypt’s new Islamist President Mohamed Morsi did not attend the funeral in Cairo but sent a representative.

A shadowy power broker, Suleiman stepped briefly into the limelight as vice president, days before Mubarak was ousted in last year’s uprising. It fell to him to announce the end of Mubarak’s rule.

After a failed bid to stand for the presidency himself this year, little was heard from Suleiman.

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