20 Jul 2012

Suleiman dies in US

6:09 am on 20 July 2012

The former head of Egypt's intelligence under the ousted President Hosni Mubarak, Omar Suleiman, has died in the United States.

General Suleiman was one of the most powerful figures in the inner circle of the deposed president Hosni Mubarak and tried to contest this year's presidential election in Egypt.

An aide to the former spy chief says the general died while undergoing a medical examination.

General Suleiman was briefly in the limelight when he was made vice president just days before Mr Mubarak was ousted in a popular uprising last year.

He tried to stand for president in this year's election, but was disqualified.

State news agency Mena quoted a diplomat as saying he had been suffering from lung disease and had also developed heart problems.