fter a flurry of reports — including one from Egypt's state-run news agency — suggested late Tuesday that a heart attack and strokes had left the deposed-and-jailed Egyptian "clinically dead," an Interior Ministry spokesman said early Wednesday that Hosni Mubarak is alive but in critical condition. Mubarak has been flown from his prison to a military hospital, and is reportedly on life support, but "any talk of him being clinically dead is nonsense," a member of the ruling military council told Reuters. Mubarak's worsening health coincides with a growing skirmish over who won last weekend's elections to replace him as president. "It is very Shakespearean," says analyst Diaa Rashwan at Egypt's Al Ahram Center. As Mubarak sees himself, "he is eternal. There can be nobody after him. He does not want to hear the name of his successor."
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