Hosni Mubarak on life support

The deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is reported to be critically ill after suffering a stroke. Military officials have dismissed claims that he is clinically dead, saying that he is being kept alive on a life support machine.

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'Mubarak suffers stroke and heart attack'

Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak has suffered a heart attack and stroke in prison and will be moved to a military hospital in Cairo, Egyptian security sources said.

Mubarak, 84, has suffered serious health problems since he was deposed in February last year. He had been in the medical wing of the Torah civilian prison since being sentenced on June 2 to life imprisonment for his role in the deaths of protesters.

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Hosni Mubarak in October 2010. Credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Meanwhile, protesters have gathered in Tahrir Square over bitterly contested Egyptian presidential elections.

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Protesters chant slogans in front of policemen standing guard at the parliament building in Cairo. Credit: Asmaa Waguih / Reuters