Successor Jitters


PLAYER: Mubarak continued his speech shortly after collapsing

Delivering a televised speech in Parliament, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak broke into a sweat, coughed, staggered and slumped over. Senior Egyptian sources confirmed to TIME that his collapse, as the government maintains, was due to the flu. But as has happened after two attempts on Mubarak's life, in 1995 and 1999, the incident raised concerns about Egypt's political stability in the event of his death. Mubarak, 75, evidently wary of creating a rival to power, has never named a vice president. And since flaunting presidential aspirations can be hazardous to one's political health, few own up to an interest...

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