It is unclear exactly how sick Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak really is.
Israeli Army Radio reports that Mubarak is suffering from esophageal cancer, and that his condition has “significantly worsened” in the past few days.
There have been no statements on President Mubarak’s condition from the Egyptian government.
Earlier this week, Mubarak made an unscheduled visit to Paris, where he was administered undisclosed medical tests.
Also undisclosed; the exact nature of medical treatment he was given during his hospitalization in Germany four months ago. Whatever took place was vaguely described by Egyptian officials as “a complicated procedure.”
A London newspaper, Al-Quds Al-Arabi, is reporting that Mubarak’s son Gamal, who is in charge of the policy planning committee of Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party, has now been signed off on as his father’s successor by the Egyptian military and the nation’s intelligence service.
And to insure that all of Egypt’s propaganda buttons are being pushed on Gamal’s behalf, the state controlled press is suddenly providing him with heightened exposure, with a front page story this week in the Mubarak regime’s puppet newspaper Al-Ahram.