Interim Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf was being treated for exhaustion at a Cairo hospital late July 18 but had not suffered a stroke, as reported earlier, Ahmed Saman, said doctors were performing brain and cardiac tests on Sharaf at Cairo’s Dar Al Fouad Hospital.
Major-General Tarek el-Mahdi went to Tahrir Square on July 17 to try to persuade some protesters to end a hunger strike. As he spoke from a podium he was booed and had shoes shaken at him in a traditional expression of contempt, forcing him to cut short his visit. 15 ministers are expected to be replaced in the reshuffle. It is being seen as a purge of those with links to Mr Mubarak, who was ousted in February. Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf , who heads a caretaker administration and has limited powers under the military rulers, has appointed two new deputy prime ministers.