Mubarak given up, wants to die in Sharm-Saudi official

Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:24pm GMT
 

* Rumours of Mubarak's failing health spread

* 82-year-old told nation he would die in Egypt

By Alexander Dziadosz

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Egypt's ousted president has given up and wants to die in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh where he has been living since a popular uprising ended his rule, a Saudi official said on Wednesday.

Hosni Mubarak, 82, has suffered from health problems in recent years and travelled to Germany for gall bladder surgery in March last year. Reports of a further decline have increased since he stepped down on Friday after three decades in power.

An official in Saudi Arabia said the kingdom had offered to host Mubarak but he was determined to see out his days in Egypt. Official confirmation could not immediately be obtained from the Saudi government.

"He is not dead but is not doing well at all and refuses to leave. Basically, he has given up and wants to die in Sharm," said the Saudi official, who asked not to be named.

Mubarak vowed to die in Egypt when he addressed the country's 80 million people last week while still clinging to power.   Continued...

 
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