suleiman - AP - October 28, 2010
Newly sworn-in Egyptian Vice-President and Former Head of Egyptian Intelligence Omar Suleiman, Oct. 28, 2010. Photo by AP / Haaretz archive
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Egyptian presidential hopeful and former aide to ousted President Hosni Mubarak Omar Suleiman said Monday that he received death threats from Islamist activists following the announcement of his presidential bid.

In interviews to local media, Suleiman said he received threatening texts on his mobile phone, as well as through his aides.

According to the former Mubarak strongman, the messages indicated that Muslim Brotherhood activists or other Islamist activists would harm him.

Suleiman added that he does not intend to interfere with the ongoing trials of former Mubarak officials, adding that his decision to run for president had nothing to do with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

He added that his decision was the result of public pressure, successfully collecting 70,000 signatures from Egyptian civilians, despite needing only 30,000 to submit his candidacy.

Egypt's central elections committee sealed the presidential race registration on Sunday, with a total of 23 candidates in, including one Christian.