Egypt's Mubarak "close to death"


    Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is believed to be critically ill and maybe close to death.

    The 84-year-old is said to have had a stroke and was moved from prison to life support in an army hospital.

    Mubarak was removed in last year's uprising, and jailed earlier this month for his role in the death of protesters.

    The news came as tens of thousands of people gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest against a decision by the ruling military council to assume new powers.

    The rally was called by the Muslim Brotherhood, as it claims its candidate, Mohammed Mursi, won last weekend's presidential poll.

    His rival, former PM Ahmed Shafiq, also claims he has won.

    A spokesman for the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party announced Mursi had received 51.74 percent, compared with Shafiq who had 48.26 percent.

    Earlier this week, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (Scaf) issued a declaration granting itself sweeping powers over legislation and the introduction of a new constitution.

    The declaration issued late on Sunday also strips the president of any authority over the army.

    The military affirmed themselves Egypt's lawmakers after parliament was dissolved last week.

    The new president, who will take office without a sitting parliament and constitution, will be able to form and dismiss a government, sign and reject laws, but only with Scaf's approval.

    The Higher Presidential Election Commission is scheduled to announce the official results on Thursday.