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Mubarak names first vice president in 30 years

world Updated: Jan 29, 2011 21:39 IST
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Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman was sworn in as vice president on Saturday, the state news agency reported, the first such post to be held in Hosni Mubarak's three 30-year presidency.

"Omar Suleiman has been sworn in as deputy to President Hosni Mubarak," state news agency MENA reported.

Shortly afterwards, state television showed images of Suleiman taking the oath of office in front of Mubarak, who is facing a fifth day of violent demonstrations calling for him to go.

Mubarak has steadfastly refused to name a vice president since he came to power in 1981.

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