Democracy Now: Egypt: Mubarak Said to Be in Coma as Crowds Protest Military


Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is reportedly on life support after suffering multiple strokes, adding new uncertainty to the ongoing turmoil surrounding Egypt’s transition to civilian rule. Earlier reports said Mubarak had already been declared “clinically dead,” but Egyptian officials now say Mubarak is in a coma and on a respirator. As the news of Mubarak’s deteriorating health spread, tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and outside the Egyptian parliament in rallies called by the Muslim Brotherhood. The protesters denounced the ruling military council’s recent decrees limiting presidential authority and assuming all legislative functions. Both the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate, Mohamed Morsi, and his opponent, Ahmed Shafik, have declared victory in the runoff vote.

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~ by wheresthemic on June 20, 2012.

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