The director of the hospital where Hosni Mubarak is being treated has denied a claim that the deposed Egyptian president had fallen into a coma, state television reports.

Mr Mubarak has been receiving treatment in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh since he was ousted in February following weeks of protests.

His lawyer had earlier said his client was in a “full coma”.

Mr Mubarak, 83, faces criminal charges relating to his 30 years in office.

He is being held under arrest in the hospital.

“The director of Sharm al-Sheikh International Hospital denies the statements… about Mubarak falling into a coma,” state TV reported.

Mr Mubarak’s lawyer, Farid el-Deeb, told Reuters news agency: “I was informed about the sudden deterioration in Mubarak’s health and I am now on my way to Sharm el-Sheikh. All that I know so far is that the president is a full coma.”

Cabinet reshuffle

Meanwhile, Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has begun his promised cabinet reshuffle as protests continue over the slow pace of political reform.

Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Orabi has resigned and has been replaced by Mohammed Kamel Amr.

Two new deputy prime ministers have been appointed: economist Hazem El Beblawi, 74, and 75-year-old Ali al-Silmi, a leader of the Wafd party, Egypt’s oldest political party.

Among protesters’ demands are for corrupt officials who served under President Mubarak to be tried.

Source: BBC