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Amanpour Interviews Omar Suleiman

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Christiane Amanpour of ABC News interviewed current Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman. Asked about if he met with ElBaradei, he claimed that ElBaradei was working with the Muslim Brotherhood and so instead he met with the Brotherhood directly. This is extremely interesting and sheds light on Mubarak’s perspective about ElBaradei. It is clear that they feel he is a threat to power. By deliberately choosing not to meet ElBaradei, Omar Suleiman has attempted to demean him, and belittle his position in this Revolution. He has tried to act as if ElBaradei is unimportant. ElBaradei is certainly not the galvanising leader of these protests. He is not a representation of this generation of Egypt. But, ElBaradei is one of the most well-known pro-democracy figures, and because of his recogniti0n on the international stage, a lot of attention has been given to him. Clearly Mubarak realises that if ElBaradei became more bold than he is now, and if he was publicly backed by the US or a major EU country, he could pose a threat to the current regime. As such, Mubarak has decided to treat him as a non-issue, so as to remove him from the scope of these opposition negotiations.w

Watch the interview here.

When asked about whether if it was possible he would run for President, Suleiman responds: I am too old. However, Suleiman is 74, 8 years the junior of Mubarak. See the irony in that statement?

On a more humorous note, Suleiman continued to call the Muslim Brotherhood the ‘Brother Muslimhood’, which was quite entertaining.

 

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Written by BraveNewEgypt

February 8, 2011 at 6:45 pm

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