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Report: Mubarak in Coma

8:15 AM, Feb 14, 2011 • By LEE SMITH
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Unconfirmed reports are circulating that former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has fallen into a coma in Sharm al-Sheikh. The independent Egyptian daily Al Masry Al Youm's English-language website says that Mubarak fainted twice during his final speech Thursday night.  The report also seems to confirm long-time speculation that it was Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak who was eager to see her son Gamal succeed as president. "You got me into this, you and your mother," Mubarak reportedly told Gamal. "You have ruined my history in Egypt." 

Report: Mubarak in Coma

Al Arabiya's English-language site relays a story from Sunday's edition of the Egyptian daily Al Akhbar, reporting that Gamal argued with his elder brother Alaa in the presidential palace in Cairo Thursday night, almost leading to a fistfight. "Instead of working to help your father be honored at the end of his life, you helped damage his image this way," Alaa reportedly told Gamal.

Al Akhbar claims that:

"Gamal lost his temper after he heard the recording of the speech that his father was supposed to deliver that night and in which he was going to declare stepping down.

"According to the report, American officials were aware of that recording but they did not know that Gamal had prompted his father to discard it and record a different speech, which was delivered that night."

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