Mubarak may appoint vice president

Egyptian President Husni Mubarak is to leave for Germany to undergo surgery for a slipped disc.

    Mubarak has put off several meetings with key visitors

    Aljazeera's correspondent in Cairo said the Egyptian president is likely to issue an unprecedented decree appointing a vice president to take charge of the country during his absence.


    Mubarak, 76, will leave Egypt on Sunday for the surgery the following day.


    had called off several meetings with important visitors this month amid rumours about his health.


    He put off a meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom because of a sprained ankle, an official source said at the time, and a meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmad Quraya last week also took place later than expected.


    But state television showed the president in apparently good health on Wednesday, standing and talking to reporters about Egyptian plans to help the Palestinians with security.


    Security training 

    Our correspondent also said that Egypt is putting off the visit of its security experts to occupied Gaza until it obtains guarantees from the Palestinian side that it would accept Egypt's training of Palestinian security forces.


    "It was expected that Major General Umar Sulaiman, Egyptian chief of intelligence, would visit Palestine some time in June," high-ranking sources in Cairo told the correspondent.


    A meeting is also scheduled in Cairo in July among the various Palestinian groups to prepare for the proposed pull out of Israel from Gaza.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    Ninety-nine years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    In the rundown Pedion Areos Park, older men walk slowly by young asylum seekers before agreeing on a price for sex.

    Profile: Osama bin Laden

    Profile: Osama bin Laden

    The story of a most-wanted fugitive and billionaire.