At 81, Egypt's Mubarak avoids talk of succession despite Five terms as President

The Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, has promised further domestic reforms at the annual conference of his ruling National Democratic Party in Cairo. In the opening speech, Mr Mubarak laid out plans for improvements to healthcare, education and transport. President Mubarak, 81, did not address growing speculation that his son, Gamal, is being groomed to succeed him. He has yet to announce whether he will decide to run for a sixth term in the next presidential election in 2011.

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