CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is reported on life support after suffering a stroke in prison.
The state news agency initially reported that Mubarak was "clinically dead" upon his arrival at a military hospital. But a member of the ruling military council denied the 84-year-old Mubarak was dead, but did say he is in "very critical condition."
The latest development come as a potentially explosive fight has opened over who will succeed the former leader, 16 months after he was ousted by a popular uprising.
Both candidates in last weekend's presidential election are claiming victory.
The Muslim Brotherhood sent tens of thousands of supporters into Tahrir Square, chanting slogans in support of candidate Mohammed Morsi and denouncing the ruling military council.
The campaign of Mubarak's former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, is saying he won the election. Hundreds of Shafiq supporters took to the street of Cairo in celebration.
The election commission is to announce the official results on Thursday. Either way, the loser is likely to reject the result.
138-v-28-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)--There's more uncertainty in Egypt's presidential election results. AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports on the latest. (19 Jun 2012)
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139-c-15-(Mark Lavie (lah-VEE'), AP Middle East correspondent)-"are expected Thursday"-AP Middle East Correspondent Mark Lavie in Cairo reports there's a second claim of victory in Egypt's presidential election. (19 Jun 2012)
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APPHOTO NN107: Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood supporters carry posters with pictures of presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi and Arabic that reads "Egypt's Erdogan, no for the military's declaration" and carry a big Egyptian flag during an anti ruling military council demonstration in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt Tuesday, June 19, 2012. The campaign of Hosni Mubarak's former prime minister said on Tuesday he has won Egypt's presidential election, not the rival Muslim Brotherhood's candidate, opening a potential fight for the post and adding a new layer to the country's unrest and political power struggles. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) (19 Jun 2012)
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APPHOTO CAI118: FILE - In this Saturday, June 2, 2012 file photo, Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak lays on a gurney inside a barred cage in the police academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian prison official says Hosni Mubarak's health has taken a turn to the worst and is likely to be moved out of his prison hospital to a military facility nearby. The official said Tuesday doctors reported that the 84-year old former president has fallen unconscious. He said they have used a defibrillator to restart his heart, and have been administering breathing aid. (AP Photo, File) (2 Jun 2012)
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