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Mubarak rejects medical trip to Germany

The Local · 9 Feb 2011, 11:29

Published: 09 Feb 2011 11:29 GMT+01:00

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“We are thankful for the offer from Germany, but the president does not need medical treatment,” said Omar Suleiman, Mubarak’s vice president, in an interview on Wednesday.

Speculation was rife that the embattled Egyptian president would be offered temporary sanctuary in Germany as a way to give him a dignified way to leave the country and calm protests on the streets.

Mubarak has been to Germany at least twice before, most recently at the Heidelberg University Clinic in 2010 where he had his gall bladder and an intestinal polyp removed.

Several German politicians had expressed support for such a plan, saying that allowing Mubarak to come to the country temporarily, although not offering him exile, could help facilitate a peaceful transition in Egypt.

Elmar Brok, a German member of the European parliament from the conservative Christian Democratic Party, called on Berlin yesterday to send a “discreet signal” to the 82-year-old authoritarian leader that he could come to Germany if he wanted. According to media reports, a luxury clinic in southwestern Germany was already under consideration.

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Mubarak has said he would not stand again for president in September, although he has insisted that he remain in power until then in order to preserve stability in the country. Egyptian demonstrators, however, are demanding that he step down immediately.

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Your comments about this article

12:08 February 9, 2011 by William Thirteen
'but the president does not need medical treatment' - i think the idea here is to keep the president NOT needing medical treatment....
12:22 February 9, 2011 by pepsionice
Seems like the Shah had the same "ailment" and the treatment didn't really help much.
13:18 February 9, 2011 by derExDeutsche
He's probably already got ObamaCare, and thinks Germany is too damn COLD.
13:26 February 9, 2011 by Landmine
From the picture, it looks like he is already gone from Egypt. one does not wear sweaters often there and the trees dont loose their eaves....
14:23 February 9, 2011 by derExDeutsche
That Telephone... Those Doors... That Sweater... That World-Class Weather... Yup, he's already in Germany.
14:35 February 9, 2011 by marimay
You forgot 'ugly-ass furniture'.
21:02 February 10, 2011 by toemag
Me thinking this is an archive picture from some time in the past.

Chuffed to bits that he isn't coming here, save a lot of tax payers money protecting him from any threats real or imagined.
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