Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. AP 311.
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is terminally ill, according to US and other Western intelligence agencies, The Washington Times reported on Monday.
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Most Western intelligence agencies were said to have estimated that the Egyptian president is dying from cancer in his stomach and pancreas. Earlier this month, Mubarak was reportedly treated in a hospital in France, and in March his gallbladder was operated on in Germany.
A Central European intelligence officer told the Times
that Mubarak would probably die within a year – before Egyptian presidential elections in September 2011.
“When I was in Cairo in May, it was interesting. People were mellow about the prospect of him being ill. Everyone understood the end was near; the estimates were 12 to 18 months,” Steven Cook, an Egyptian-affairs specialist at the Council on Foreign Relations, told the Times
A senior US intelligence officer said, “We have access to, for lack of a
better word, his court. We know he is dying, but we don’t know when he
will die. You can be dying for a long time, by the way. Look at [former
Cuban President Fidel] Castro.”
Sources told the Times
National Intelligence Council and the US Central Command are reportedly
analyzing possible situations and power transitions that could
transpire after Mubarak’s death.
However, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in a briefing that
“no one is looking past Mubarak. He is still the president of Egypt,
and we rely on him and his government for the critical role they play in
security and stability in the Middle East.”
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