Hosni Mubarak. Good news
Gamal Mubarak. Proud father
Gamal Mubarak, the son of Egypt's president, and his wife have had a baby girl, state news agency MENA said on Tuesday.
Farida Gamal Hosni Mubarak was the first child born to Mubarak, 46, seen as a potential successor to his father, and his wife Khadija el-Gammal.
The Egyptian president already has a number of grandsons, but Farida is his first granddaughter. Her birth will likely come as a welcome breath of fresh air for the family after the tragedy that befell the Mubaraks last year. Mohammad Mubarak, the president's 13-year-old grandson from his son Alaa, died last year from health complications from apparent food poisoning.
President Hosni Mubarak, 81, is recovering in a German hospital after having his gallbladder removed earlier this month. The medical team treating him at Heidelberg University Hospital said he had benign tissue removed.
Egypt issued initial pictures of the leader in a bid to instill calm in the country after the president's duties and authority were handed over to his prime minister, Ahmed Nazif.
Members of his family have been by his bedside regularly, but the agency did not say where the baby girl was born nor whether Gamal Mubarak was at the birth.
Mubarak has not said if he will run for a sixth six-year term in the 2011 presidential election. Many Egyptians believe that, if he does not, he will try to hand power to his politician son. Both Mubaraks deny any such plan.
Roee Nahmias contributed to this report