As in other non-free country, the information regarding the health of the main leader is a matter of state secret. Mubarak is 81 ys. old and the rumours on his condition are persistent since the beginning of the year.
The issue of succession was raised repeatedly in the last years, in line with the Western opinions regarding more democratic reforms in the country.
In the same time, it is an important issue to be taken into account the reconfiguration of the whole area and the need for the Western leaders, for building new partnerships.
A special report on Egypt - The Economist