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article imageRumors say Egyptian President is dead, officials deny the reports

By Andrew Moran     Mar 14, 2010 in World
Cairo - Last week, Egyptian officials announced that President Hosni Mubarak was doing well after his gall bladder was removed successfully, however, rumors are running rampant across the country that the 81-year-old Egyptian leader is dead.
Digital Journal reported last week that Egypt President Hosni Mubarak underwent successful surgery after his gall bladder was removed and that a massive rally was planned by the ruling National Democratic Party at the Cairo International Airport for his arrival.
According to Yeshiva World News, serious rumors have it in Egypt that their leader is dead but state officials are denying that he is. The proper authorities also add that Mubarak is in good condition.
A large number of the Internet reports state that the Egyptian leader died on the operating table but those news articles were removed shortly after being published. True/Slant reports that the news was released in Egypt after Russian and Arabic television news channels reported the death.
Egypt officials have denied that the President is dead, notes Bikya Masar.
This is not the first time that such speculations have occurred, however. Mubarak’s health has been a constant issue since he became President in 1981, which created many rumors. Many members of the media have been arrested and even given a prison sentence over articles relating to the President’s health.
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