Mubarak Has a Death Wish: Official

Ex-president wants to die in Egypt, says Saudi official
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2011 10:27 AM CST
Hosni Mubarak Ready to Die, Wants to Remain in Egypt: Saudi Official
In this Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak listens during a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

After Hosni Mubarak's ouster, speculation swirled that he and his fortune might flee to a Gulf state—but the truth is, he wants to die in Egypt ... in the near future, says an official. "He is not dead but is not doing well at all and refuses to leave. Basically, he has given up and wants to die in Sharm," a Saudi Arabian official tells Reuters, referring to Sharm el-Sheik, the Red Sea resort town where he's been living since he left office. The official says Saudi Arabia offered to host the 82-year-old Mubarak, who has suffered recent health problems, but he wants to remain in Egypt. (More Sharm el-Sheik stories.)

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