'Mubarak's sons nearly come to blows during speech'

Egyptian daily newspaper 'al-Akhbar' reports Ala Hosni Mubarak accused his brother, Gamal of destroying his father's image.

February 14, 2011 05:29
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Gamal Mubarak, son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

gamal mubarak 311. (photo credit: AP)

The two sons of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were on the verge of exchanging blows last Thursday during their father's last speech as ruler of the state, the Egyptian daily newspaper Al Akhbar reported Sunday.

According to the report, Ala Hosni Mubarak accused his younger brother, Gamal, of destroying his father's image and political life.

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"You have destroyed the country when you opened the door to your friends, this is the result," said Ala according to the report. 

"Instead of your father being respected towards the end of his life, you helped spoil his image."

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The newspaper also said the confrontation the confrontation took place at the presidential palace in Cairo and that "senior elements" had to separate the two brothers.

Ala was also angry because the first draft of Mubarak's speech was put aside.  According to the plan, Mubarak was supposed to transfer civil powers to Suleiman, and military control to the supreme council.

Gamal Mubarak, 47, worked for 11 years in Bank of America in Cairo and London, and gained great influence in government after his father appointed him head of the ruling party policy council in 2002.  This move led many to believe he was the designated heir.  Gamal paved the way for business executives to hold key positions in the government of Ahmed Nazif, whom the Egyptian president fired several days after the riots began.

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