Ayman Nour calls for presidential alliance against Omar Suleiman

Presidential candidate for the liberal New Ghad Party Ayman Nour called on Saturday for the formation of a presidential alliance against presidential hopeful and former regime member Omar Suleiman, saying that Egypt and the revolution are" in danger."

On Friday, former intelligence chief and former Vice President Suleiman made a surprise announcement that he will join the already heated race. Groups across the political spectrum reacted angrily to Suleiman’s candidacy.

Nour said on his Twitter account: "The presidential team is no longer a luxurious option after the announcement of Omar Suleiman's nomination." He called for the formation of "a presidential civilian team."

Nour submitted his candidacy papers Friday based on the support of the New Ghad Party, a party represented in the parliament, after a pardon by the ruling Supreme Council for Armed Forces made him eligible to run. Nour, an opposition figure under the former regime, was previously serving a jail sentence issued under former President Hosni Mubarak.

Suleiman, 75, was a very close aid to Mubarak, serving as Egypt's intelligence chief for 18 years.

He appeared on television on Feb. 11, 2011 to announce that Mubarak would step down and hand power to the country's military rulers.

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