Egypt’s Mubarak cancels Uganda trip amid health fears

Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak (Getty Images)

 

July 24, 2010

 

(KATAKAMI / BBC) Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has cancelled plans to attend the African Union summit in Uganda, amid fresh speculation over his health.

No reason for the cancellation was given, with state media saying only that Mr Mubarak had delegated the prime minister to represent Egypt in Kampala.

Egyptian officials said earlier that Mr Mubarak’s planned trip would show that he was in good health.

President Mubarak, 82, had gall bladder surgery in Germany in March.

On Thursday, he addressed the nation on the eve of Egypt’s annual Revolution Day, commemorating the anniversary of the military coup that toppled the monarchy in 1952.

The BBC’s Jon Leyne in Cairo said Mr Mubarak appeared healthy but thinner than usual, and spoke standing up for more than 10 minutes.

Concerns about his health resurfaced when a series of meetings was postponed last week.

But Mr Mubarak has since followed a busy schedule, attending public events almost daily.

Correspondents say Mr Mubarak’s health is a taboo topic in Egypt and a cause of political and economic uncertainty, because he has no obvious successor.

Mr Mubarak has been in power for 29 years and his fifth six-year term ends in 2011. However, he has not made it clear whether he intends to stand in the elections.

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