Egypt's Mubarak on life support amid crisis

1:31 AM, Jun 20, 2012   |    comments
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CAIRO, Egypt -- Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is reported on life support after suffering a stroke in prison.

The state news agency initially reported that Mubarak was "clinically dead" upon his arrival at a military hospital. But a member of the ruling military council denied the 84-year-old Mubarak was dead, but did say he is in "very critical condition."

The latest development come as a potentially explosive fight has opened over who will succeed the former leader, 16 months after he was ousted by a popular uprising.

Both candidates in last weekend's presidential election are claiming victory.

The Muslim Brotherhood sent tens of thousands of supporters into Tahrir Square, chanting slogans in support of candidate Mohammed Morsi and denouncing the ruling military council.

The campaign of Mubarak's former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, is saying he won the election. Hundreds of Shafiq supporters took to the street of Cairo in celebration.

The election commission is to announce the official results on Thursday. Either way, the loser is likely to reject the result.

(Associated Press)

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