Former Egyptian ruler, Hosni Mubarak, has been at the centre of confusion over his health condition. Many news outlets yesterday reported that Mubarak was ‘clinically dead’ but later reports stated that he was in a critical condition, unconscious and using ‘artificial respiration’ after suffering a suspected stroke.
Mubarak, aged 84, had ruled Egypt for over thirty years until he was overthrown last year when the country joined the Arab Spring.
According to official ruling military council in Egypt who are now in temporary control of the country, the ousted leader was still alive and according to General Said Abbas, “Any talk of him being clinically dead is nonsense.”
Perhaps he isn’t clinically dead but according to medical staff at the prison where Mubarak has been held since June 2nd, he is in a coma and on artificial respiration as they work to revive him. They are concerned about a blood clot on his brain which they are working to alleviate.
Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison for his part in the deaths of protesters last year, even though he could have stopped the tragedy.
The uprising began last year and coincided with those in Yemen, Syria and Libya. The event was unprecedented; anti-Mubarak protesters took only 18 days to overthrow their corrupt leader who was encouraged to resign before the September elections by UN officials.
Over one million people marched the streets of Cairo and other cities and forced the President to resign after over 30 years of dictatorial leadership; a remarkable revolution that proves people still hold the power in the world and that our so-called leaders should fear the people, not the other way round.
As for Hosni Mubarak’s future, it looks likely to be short-lived as at 84-years-old, locked in prison with deteriorating health, there’s sure to be an official announcement of his death very soon.
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