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Egypt's Mubarak names vice president for 1st time

 Smoke billows from a building following overnight clashes between Egyptian security forces and anti-government activists in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, J...
 Egyptian anti-government protesters who spent the night in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt,  are seen backdropped by smoke billowing from a burning bui...
 An Egyptian anti-government activist, wounded during clashes with police, poses for the photographer along with other protesters in Tahrir square in ...
 Egyptian soldiers stand on top of APC vehicles in Tahrir Square, central Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Mobile phone service have been partia...
 An Egyptian man walks past an army tank in Tahrir Square, central Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Mobile phone service have been partially res...
 Egyptian army soldiers stand next to their armored personnel carriers as anti-government protesters, not seen, gather in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egyp...
 The Egyptian museum is seen intact, right, as smoke billows from the ruling National Democratic party building, torched by anti government protesters...
 Anti-government protesters sleep on the ground in Tahrir Square, central Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Mobile phone service have been partia...
 Egyptian anti-government protesters use their mobile phones to take pictures of a colleague posing in front of a burned Egyptian army armoured person...
 Egyptian army soldiers sit and stand atop their armored personnel carriers as anti-government protesters gather in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Sat...
 An Egyptian anti-government protester jumps from a burned armored personnel carrier as an Egyptian army tank is seen in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt...
 An anti-government protester stands on top of a burnt-out APC vehicle in Tahrir Square, central Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Tara...
 Egyptian protesters greet army soldiers atop military vehicles as they pass along the street in central Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Hundre...
 Egyptian anti-government activists, one of them holding a crossed-out portrait of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, chant slogans as they protest in ...
 Egyptians gesture as they stand atop an Egyptian army armored vehicle as they celebrate in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Hundreds o...
 Egyptian anti-government protesters climb atop an Egyptian army armored personnel carrier in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Cur...
 Egyptian tourist guides and security sit near the Pyramids, in Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. The Pyramids are closed to tourists. (AP Photo/V...
 An army officer who joined anti-government protester tears up a picture of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, downtown Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29...

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt Protest

Smoke billows from a building following overnight clashes between Egyptian security forces and anti-government activists in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, J...

Mideast Egypt Protest

Egyptian anti-government protesters who spent the night in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, are seen backdropped by smoke billowing from a burning bui...

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt Protest

An Egyptian anti-government activist, wounded during clashes with police, poses for the photographer along with other protesters in Tahrir square in ...

Mideast Egypt Protest

Egyptian soldiers stand on top of APC vehicles in Tahrir Square, central Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Mobile phone service have been partia...

Mideast Egypt Protest

An Egyptian man walks past an army tank in Tahrir Square, central Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Mobile phone service have been partially res...

Mideast Egypt Protest

Egyptian army soldiers stand next to their armored personnel carriers as anti-government protesters, not seen, gather in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egyp...

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt Protest

The Egyptian museum is seen intact, right, as smoke billows from the ruling National Democratic party building, torched by anti government protesters...

Mideast Egypt Protest

Anti-government protesters sleep on the ground in Tahrir Square, central Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Mobile phone service have been partia...

Mideast Egypt Protest

Egyptian anti-government protesters use their mobile phones to take pictures of a colleague posing in front of a burned Egyptian army armoured person...

Mideast Egypt Protest

Egyptian army soldiers sit and stand atop their armored personnel carriers as anti-government protesters gather in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Sat...

Mideast Egypt Protest

An Egyptian anti-government protester jumps from a burned armored personnel carrier as an Egyptian army tank is seen in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt...

Mideast Egypt Protest

An anti-government protester stands on top of a burnt-out APC vehicle in Tahrir Square, central Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Tara...

Mideast Egypt Protest

Egyptian protesters greet army soldiers atop military vehicles as they pass along the street in central Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Hundre...

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt Protest

Egyptian anti-government activists, one of them holding a crossed-out portrait of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, chant slogans as they protest in ...

Mideast Egypt Protest

Egyptians gesture as they stand atop an Egyptian army armored vehicle as they celebrate in downtown Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. Hundreds o...

Mideast Egypt Protest

Egyptian anti-government protesters climb atop an Egyptian army armored personnel carrier in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Cur...

Mideast Egypt Protest

Egyptian tourist guides and security sit near the Pyramids, in Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. The Pyramids are closed to tourists. (AP Photo/V...

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An army officer who joined anti-government protester tears up a picture of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, downtown Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 29...

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak named a vice president Saturday for the first time since coming to power nearly 30 years ago. It was a clear step toward setting up a successor in the midst of the biggest challenge ever to his rule from tens of thousands of anti-government protesters.
Mubarak named his intelligence chief and close confidant Omar Suleiman, state television reported.
Mubarak was widely seen as grooming his son Gamal to succeed him, possibly even as soon as in presidential elections planned for later this year. However, there was significant public opposition to the hereditary succession.
Suleiman has been in charge of some of Egypt's most sensitive foreign policy issues, including the Palestinian-Israeli peace process and inter-Palestinian divisions.
His appointment as vice president answers one of the most intriguing and most enduring political questions in Egypt: who would succeed the 82-year-old Mubarak?
Like Mubarak, Suleiman has a military background. The powerful military has provided Egypt with its four presidents since the monarchy was toppled nearly 60 years ago.


Updated : 2021-08-01 03:13 GMT+08:00