|Published:||Jan 30, 2011 1:09 AM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 29, 2011 10:09 PM EST|
CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has named a vice president for the first time since coming to power nearly 30 years ago.
State television says Mubarak appointed his intelligence chief and close confidant, Omar Suleiman. He has been in charge of some of Egypt's most sensitive foreign policy issues, including the Palestinian-Israeli peace process and inter-Palestinian divisions.
The word came on the fifth day of widespread anti-government protests, and after Mubarak dismissed his Cabinet.
Mubarak had been 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.
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