Mubarak Rejects Offers of Refuge

Mubarak rejects offers to resettle elsewhere in the Arab world, says he wants to die in Egypt.

Maayana Miskin , | updated: 11:44 AM

Hosni Mubarak
Hosni Mubarak
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has rejected several offers to resettle elsewhere in the Arab world, according to the Egyptian daily El-Masri el-Youm. The elderly former leader is choosing to remain in Egypt despite the public anger that recently led to his departure from office.

Last week he rejected an offer to stay in a luxury medical clinic in Germany, an offer that was seen as an attempt to give him a dignified way to step down as president.

Mubarak has previously announced that he plans to die in Egypt. He is currently living with one of his sons in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Intelligence sources reported in the summer of 2010 that Mubarak is suffering from terminal cancer, and is expected to die by mid-2011. The sources quoted by El-Masri el-Youm said that the former leader is using his time to write his memoirs.

Mubarak served as president of Egypt for almost 30 years. He stepped down last week in the midst of mass protests calling for his resignation, after military leaders warned that if he did not resign they would force him to leave. The Egyptian military has since taken control of the country, but is promising to cede control to an elected leader within six months.