Saturday, July 24, 2010

Dictator Mubarak keeps Egypt guessing on future

Middle East Online, July 23, 2010

The burst of activity leaves open the question of a successor

Lack of transparency, information on Egyptian leader’s health condition fuel rumours despite his public show-ups.

By Mona Salem – CAIRO

Egypt’s veteran President Hosni Mubarak has stepped up his public appearances and meetings to counter rumours of declining health but the burst of activity leaves open the question of a successor.

Mubarak, 82, triggered another round of speculation on his health when he twice postponed a meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week.

Arab and Israeli press reported his health was in steep decline and that he planned another visit to the German hospital where he underwent surgery in March to remove a benign growth and his gallbladder.

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