Egypt's Mubarak on Life Support

Egyptian security sources say ousted president Hosni Mubarak is unconscious and on a respirator after being rushed from prison to a military hospital following a stroke.

Military officials said early Wednesday that Mubarak, who was taken to Maadi Hospital in southern Cairo, was "using artificial respiration."

Earlier reports by the state news agency MENA said Mubarak's doctors had declared the former leader "clinically dead," but the military said it was too early to make that designation.

Some Mubarak supporters gathered outside the hospital Wednesday, including Mahmoud Abdellah, who described the ousted leader as having a mixed legacy.

"We are here because of Mubarak," he said. "We are praying for him if he is still alive and if he is dead, we will pray for him for God's mercy.  We still remember the good things that he has done beside the bad things."

But in Tahrir Square, a central point of the protests that drove the 84-year-old Mubarak from power last year, Ali Mohamed Ali was among Egyptians who looked to move on from the Mubarak era.

"Mubarak is no longer in our hearts," he said. "He has no value to us anymore.  We need to focus on the present and future.  What's been done is done, but may God fix his situation."

The square was mostly quiet early Wednesday, following protests Tuesday night that brought tens of thousands of people from across the political spectrum to speak out against a declaration by Egypt's ruling generals extending their grip on power. New by VOA News. Continue reading

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