Former Egyptian military chief of staff General Sami Anan, detained in January after announcing plans to stand in a presidential election, is in critical condition in hospital, sources close to his family said .
Anan (70) was admitted to the intensive care unit of a military hospital in Cairo’s Maadi suburb and is on life support after suffering a chest infection and back problems impairing his ability to move, sources said.
“He is in a critical situation in the intensive care unit,” one source told Reuters.
Military spokesman Colonel Tamer al-Rifai was not immediately available for comment.
The sources said Anan, detained in January, was held in a military prison until he suffered a stroke more than two months ago and was moved to the military hospital. They said his health was improving and the setback was a surprise.
Anan’s family last visited him about a week ago and said he was in good health, the sources said.
Anan, seen as Sisi’s main challenger, was arrested and halted his presidential bid after the army accused him of running for office without permission, which it said was a breach of military law. Anan’s spokesman denied he had broken any laws.