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Mubarak’s health worsens; to be taken to army hospital

CAIRO: Egypt’s ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak will be moved to an army hospital from his prison clinic, security sources and state media said yesterday, suggesting the already fragile health of the man who ruled Egypt for 30 years was deteriorating. It was not yet clear when Mubarak would be moved nor exactly why, security sources told Reuters.
“Mubarak will head to Maadi military hospital,” an army source said. Maadi is a suburb of Cairo. Mubarak was forced out in February 2011 after a popular uprising.
In June, he was sentenced to life in prison for his role in killing protesters during the uprising. He was admitted to a prison hospital that month following what security officials called a “health crisis”. Egypt’s new public prosecutor, Talaat Abdallah, ordered his transfer based on recommendations from a medical report, state news agency MENA reported.
MENA said Mubarak’s condition would be monitored at the army hospital before he could be moved back to his prison clinic but gave no specifics on his medical condition.
Separately, An Egyptian Cabinet member resigned yesterday, saying he disagreed with the slow pace of reform.
It was the second resignation in Egypt’s Cabinet since Communication Minister Hany Mahmoud had quitted.
Mursi had earlier said he would task Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, an independent technocrat, with making limited Cabinet changes ahead of a Parliamentary election in early 2013 but Mahsoub hinted he wanted Kandil himself to be removed.

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