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Mubarak on life support, Egypt's media reports

Massive protests rock Tahrir Square

  • Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with President George W. Bush in 2002.
    George W. Bush White House photoFormer Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with President George W. Bush in 2002.

Egypt's state media reported on Tuesday that Hosni Mubarak, the country's deposed president, is on life support after suffering a stroke, according to Reuters.

Earlier reports said that Mubarak was "clinically dead."

"Former president Hosni Mubarak has clinically died following his arrival at Maadi military hospital on Tuesday evening," said Egypt's MENA.

Mubarak had suffered a stroke and was defibrillated. An Interior Ministry spokesman said Mubarak had been moved from prison to a military hospital as his condition worsened, according to CBS News.

Mubarak's health had been deteriorating since he was deposed last February. He was serving a life sentence for his role in the deaths of protesters after being sentenced on June 2.

Also on Tuesday, massive demonstrations against Egypt's Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) are being held in Cairo's Tahrir Square, a day after the ruling generals consolidated their power by amending the country's provisional constitution. 

The protests, called by the Muslim Brotherhood, have gathered throngs of Egyptians concerned about the military's move as well as those frustrated by Thursday's dissolution of parliament

"We don't want the military to occupy us," Aed Negy, an engineer and consultant told GlobalPost while protesting. "They want to occupy our freedom ... We will not leave the Freedom Square until they go."

Another protester, Mona Hussein, 37, a teacher from Cairo, told GlobalPost she was there to protest the SCAF, which "wants to overtake the authority and the presidency."

The Muslim Brotherhood, whose Freedom and Justice party held a majority in the former legislative body, has also filed a lawsuit that attempts to block the dissolution of parliament and amendments limiting the powers of the nation's new president, reported The Los Angeles Times.

Egypt held a runoff vote for the presidency Sunday and Monday. The winner is set to be announced Thursday.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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