It is widely believed that the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, has been smoothening grounds for his son, Gamal Mubarak, to succeed him to the throne.
Gamal Mubarak, the youngest son of the Egyptian leader, has throughout remained tight-lipped over the issue. He has now flatly denied harbouring plans to become the next President of Egypt.
The young Mubarak broke the news to ‘Orbit’, the Arabic satellite TV channel. He said assumption that he intends to run for President is a mere fabrication.
Mr Mubarak’s denial came few days after he had married the daughter of a wealthy business tycoon.
The President’s son is among the key political kingpins in the ruling party. He heads the government’s economic liberalisation programme.
Like their counterparts in Senegal, Egyptian opposition have been living with the fear that President Mubarak has embarked on radical political reforms purposely to smoothen grounds for his son to succeed him.
Senegalese opposition have also been concerned about the rise of Karim Wade, President Wade’s only son who manages some major development projects, including the construction of a new international airport.
During his election victory speech, the Senegalese leader accused some opposition leaders of pedalling what he called “unfounded and groundless rumours.” Despite Mr Wade’s denial, key opposition figures feel threatened any time Karim Wade appears on television.
Karim Wade, a qualified financial engineer, has for not openly demonstrated his political ambitions.
But Gamal Mubarak said he is not interested in holding any execution position in the country.