Egyptian President May Have Cancer

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak may have cancer, the London-based Arab-language daily al-Quds al-Arabi reported on Tuesday.

Mubarak made a surprise visit to the French capital, where he met with President Nicolas Sarkozy and Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri.

According to the report, Mubarak will undergo more medical tests while in Paris.

The 83-year-old president's health has been steadily deteriorating since he underwent emergency gallbladder surgery in Germany in March, a procedure that was described as "complicated." Mubarak had complained of not feeling well during meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

With Egypt's elections slated for next year, some analysts believe Mubarak's youngest son, Gamal, 47, appears the likely successor to his father.

Other possible candidates include Dr. Mohammed ElBaradei, former secretary-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman.

Gamal Mubarak, who chairs the policy planning committee of the National Democratic Party, said yesterday that the party's platform should promote human rights and the fight against corruption.

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