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Mubarak said to be stable, poll results delayed

Confusion about an overnight report that former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was near death continued on Wednesday, as one of his lawyers disputed the account and said Mubarak had been moved to a hospital because of a head wound caused by a fall in a prison bathroom. Hosni Mubarak’s shadow hangs over Egypt

world Updated: Jun 21, 2012 23:44 IST
Hosni Mubarak

Confusion about an overnight report that former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was near death continued on Wednesday, as one of his lawyers disputed the account and said Mubarak had been moved to a hospital because of a head wound caused by a fall in a prison bathroom.

Yosri Abdel Razek, the attorney, said in an interview Wednesday that Mubarak, 84, who ruled Egypt for three decades, was in stable condition. He denied that Mubarak had suffered a stroke or been declared “clinically dead”, as was reported late Tuesday by state media. Abdel Razek lambasted the media for spreading what he said were false rumours.

Egypt was on the edge Thursday after the Muslim Brotherhood warned of “confrontation” unless their candidate is named new president to succeed Mubarak. The delay in announcing the results, due Thursday, of the June 16-17 presidential vote heightened the Brotherhood’s fears of a “soft coup” by the military, which disbanded the Islamist-led parliament and gave itself sweeping powers.

A member of the Islamist movement, which says its candidate Mohammed Morsi won last weekend’s vote, warned the ruling generals of a “confrontation”.

The electoral commission late on Wednesday said it would delay announcing the result, as it studied allegations of fraud from both candidates.

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Cairo: Confusion about an overnight report that former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was near death continued Wednesday, as one of his lawyers disputed the account and said Mubarak had been moved to a hospital because of a head wound caused by a fall in a prison bathroom.

Yosri Abdel Razek, the attorney, said in an interview Wednesday that Mubarak, 84, who ruled Egypt for three decades, was in stable condition. He denied that Mubarak had suffered a stroke or been declared “clinically dead”, as was reported late Tuesday by state media. Abdel Razek lambasted the media for spreading what he said were false rumours.

Egypt was on the edge Thursday after the Muslim Brotherhood warned of “confrontation” unless their candidate is named new president to succeed Mubarak. The delay in announcing the results, due Thursday, of the June 16-17 presidential vote heightened the Brotherhood’s fears of a “soft coup” by the military, which disbanded the Islamist-led parliament and gave itself sweeping powers.

A member of the Islamist movement, which says its candidate Mohammed Morsi won last weekend’s vote, warned the ruling generals of a “confrontation”.

The electoral commission late on Wednesday said it would delay announcing the result, as it studied allegations of fraud from both candidates.