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Mubarak ill but not in coma says Egyptian state media

RIA Novosti

10:57 14/02/2011 MOSCOW, February 14 (RIA Novosti) - Egypt's state media denied reports on Monday that former leader Hosni Mubarak was in a coma but admitted he was ill.

The Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported on Sunday that Mubarak was gravely ill and had slipped into a coma after mass protests forced him from power on Friday.

The 82-year-old former head-of-state is in a "severe psychological condition and is declining treatment, despite his illness," but not in a coma, the pro-government Al-Gomhuria daily said, citing sources close to Mubarak.

He is now believed to be in the seaside resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Last year, the longtime leader traveled to Germany for gall bladder surgery.

Mubarak stepped down and handed over power to the country's military on Friday, after 18 days of widespread anti-government demonstrations.

The new military leadership dissolved parliament and suspended the constitution on Sunday.

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