US cables: Military not ready to accept Gamal Mubarak as successor

Published December 14th, 2010 - 04:46 GMT
Gamal Mubarak
Gamal Mubarak

US diplomats believe Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would have a "tough time" persuading power brokers in the military to accept his son as his successor, according to leaked American embassy cables. The documents, released by the WikiLeaks website Tuesday, conclude that Mubarak's best chance would be to try to install his son and step down, rather than setting up a transition to take place after his demise.

One cable claims that Egypt's powerful intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, "detests" the idea of Gamal as president. 

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