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article imageFormer Egyptian President Mubarak facing worsening health

By Paul Iddon     Jun 20, 2012 in Politics
The former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been transferred from prison to an army hospital in Cairo due to his critical health.
The latest from BBC News, Hindustan Times and France 24 report that the former president is in a coma. Following a series of strokes he is reported to currently be on life support. Doctors have reportedly being using a defibrillator on him but he remains in an unconscious state.
The Maadi military hospital he is in is presently the site of a conglomeration of both supporters and opponents of him.
Mubarak has been jailed on June 2 for the deaths of the protesters who took part in the Egyptian Revolution which began in January 2011 and saw to his capitulation the following month when he was faced down by millions of determined Egyptians.
These reports come amidst continuing instability in the country and a cynical uncertainty regarding its near future. In the presidential election both candidates -- the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammad Mursi and Ahmed Shafiq a former prime minister in Mubarak's regime -- have claimed victory.
In the midst of this the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) is continuing to sweep in more power for themselves with the generals seizing all legislative power for the army. They are presently being met by fresh protests by tens of thousands of people in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
Activists there claim that the SCAF is carrying out a "military coup".
The state owned daily news agency Al-Ahram has stated that these developments constitute "the most critical 48 hours in its [Egypt's] history."
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