Egypt says President Mubarak in top health, leaving aides ‘out of breath’ trying to keep upBy AP
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Egypt: Mubarak in top form, aides ‘out of breath’
CAIRO — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s office says the 82-year-old leader is in top form, dismissing reports his health has deteriorated.
Mubarak underwent surgery in Germany in March to remove his gall bladder and a benign growth in the lining of his small intestine. That set off speculation about how long he will stay in office.
Mubarak has ruled Egypt for three decades. He has no clear successor and has never appointed a vice president.
Presidential spokesman Suleiman Awwad on Wednesday dismissed media reports that Mubarak was terminally ill and would be returning to Germany.
Mubarak has attended numerous diplomatic meetings and other official functions over the past week, and Awwad said his staff were “out of breath” trying to keep up.