“Very sick man” Mubarak ‘fainting’ due to psychological stress

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CAIRO - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been “very unwell” and suffering from psychological distress after being forced to resign from his post following the political unrest in that country, officials and media reports have said.

Ambulances and doctors were seen driving along the private driveway of Mubarak’s mansion in Sharm el-Sheikh, and security guards said that he was unwell, The Times reports.

“He has been feeling very unwell … he is a very, very sick man,” a security guard, who has worked for Mr Mubarak for three years, said.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Ambassador to Washington, Sameh Shoukry, has also said that the 81-year-old former autocratic leader was “possibly in somewhat bad health”.

Besides, two Egyptian newspapers have claimed that Mubarak was depressed, refusing to take medication and passing out repeatedly. The condition of his health has been shrouded in secrecy during his 29 years in power, and there are reports that a newspaper editor was even jailed once for raising question on his wellbeing, the report said.

According to some reports, Mubarak had undergone surgery to remove his a gall bladder and a benign intestinal tumour in March last year in Germany.

Mubarak has reportedly being under stress in the last 24 hours in office after his army urged him to quit over the chaos, while his family pressurised him to hold on. The independent online news site Al-Masry Al-Youm said that Mubarak had an argument with his son and heir-apparent Gamal, who accused the former President saying: “You have ruined my history in Egypt.”

Mubarak’s elder son, Alaa however, accused Gamal of tarnishing the image of their father by helping his business partners to become political leaders and encouraging corruption in the country. (ANI)

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