Last Updated: Wed Feb 16, 2011 14:00 pm (KSA) 11:00 am (GMT)

Mubarak falls into coma after final speech: report

Officials remove a portrait of former president Hosni Mubarak at the main Cabinet building in Cairo
Officials remove a portrait of former president Hosni Mubarak at the main Cabinet building in Cairo

Egypt's deposed president, Hosni Mubarak, went into a full coma on Saturday night at his residence in the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Monday, quoting well-informed sources.

Mubarak and his family moved to Sharm al-Sheikh on Thursday night following his final speech, in which he handed over executive authority to former Vice-President Omar Suleiman, Egypt's al-Masry al-Youm reported.

Former president Hosni Mubarak

The same sources said that Mubarak was currently receiving medical treatment but that no decision had yet been made on whether to transfer the 82-year-old former head-of-state to a hospital.

Rumors had circulated earlier that Mubarak had fainted twice while recording his final speech, which was broadcast on state television on Thursday evening.

Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq confirmed Sunday that Mubarak was in Sharm el-Sheikh and has not left the country.

Mubarak underwent a successful surgery in March 2010 at a German clinic for an inflamed gall bladder. Since then, doubts increased over the former president's health.


(Translated from Arabic by Abeer Tayel)

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