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Amr Nabil, Associated Press
In this March 30, 2012 picture, campaign buttons with pictures of Egyptian presidential candidate Hazem Abu Ismail, a prominent Salafi, are displayed for sale in front of a mosque in Cairo, Egypt. The presidential election scheduled in May will mark the beginning of a handover of power by the ruling military to an elected civilian, following last year's popular uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak.

CAIRO — Hosni Mubarak's former vice president and spy chief says he will not attempt to "reinvent" the regime of his longtime mentor if he becomes president.

Omar Suleiman is running in presidential elections scheduled for May 23-24. He said in an interview published Monday in the state-owned newspaper Al-Akhbar that restoring security would be his top priority as president.

He also sought to distance himself from the Mubarak regime and said the uprising that forced Mubarak to step down nearly 14 months ago has created a "new reality that cannot be reversed."

The 75-year-old Suleiman said he has received death threats from "elements" of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups since he announced his candidacy on Friday.