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Illness Forces Mubarak Offstage During Speech

November 20, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Sneezing and coughing, Egypt's 75-year-old President Hosni Mubarak abruptly left the stage for more than 30 minutes in the middle of a nationally televised speech. He was described by aides as having a slight dip in blood pressure and a cold aggravated by medication and fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

"The president has suffered a health crisis," a state television announcer said. The opening of parliament had been delayed four days because of his illness.

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