Mubarak 'in good health'

29 June 2004
President Mubarak was recovering at a German hospital on 29 June, following a successful operation on a slipped disc. The 76-year old president has been at the centre of rumours about his health since he fainted on live television last November.

Health Minister Awad Tageddin announced that the president was in 'good health' and was 'currently in the recovery room' following the surgery, which took place on 26 June. Just days before the operation, Mubarak appeared on Egyptian television to deny reports that he was in failing health.

Mubarak was accompanied to Germany by his wife Suzanne and their two sons Gamal and Alaa. Gamal Mubarak has often been touted as his father's natural successor, although the president has consistently denied the claims. Prime Minister Atef Obeid has been acting president during Mubarak's absence.

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