Contradictory reports have been given about Mubarak's condition for the past day. Following his transfer from his prison hospital he was for a time reported to have been "clinically dead." However now after suffering a stroke the 84-year-old former Egyptian president is in a coma and is having difficulties breathing the Independent
and International Business Times
Mubarak was given a life sentence last month for his role in the killing of protesters during the revolution against his dictatorship in January-February of 2011.
In its recent report on the status of the Egyptian president CNN
quoted his lawyer as saying that Mubarak would be in better health if they had moved him sooner than they had done stating that "he has had water on the lungs for 10 days now and his blood pressure is down today, which obstructed his breathing and forced doctors to put him on a respirator." He continued to explain that Mubarak was being "given medicine intravenously to relieve the brain clot, and electric shocks were used to revive him but there was no substantial response. He is not dead as reported."
As the former presidents life hangs in the balance Egypt is witnessing a pivotal moment in its future as the shaky situation regarding the political transition continues. Complaints by the two respective candidates over who won the election have delayed the official announcement of who won. Polls indicate Muslim Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi is set to win.