The former shah of Iran showed a slight improvement yesterday (6 July) as he battled against serious illness in Cairo's Maadi military hospital.
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Background: The former shah of Iran showed a slight improvement yesterday (6 July) as he battled against serious illness in Cairo's Maadi military hospital. This information was given by his spokesman, Robert Armao, who said the ex-Shah was "holding his own" but refused to say whether he was fighting for his life.
SYNOPSIS: In case the Shah dies, a tomb has been prepared for him at the Rifai mausoleum in Cairo, burying place of the Egyptian royal family. An official medical bulletin on Saturday (5 July) said the former monarch had an infection as a result of an operation to remove his enlarged spleen last month.
The gravediggers were preparing a burial place for the Shah in the same mosque where his exiled father, Reza Shah, was buried before being removed to Iran after World War Two. In May, a group of demonstrators attacked the marble tomb of Reza shah in Teheran. But the mummified remains of Iran's first Pahlavi monarch, a cavalry officer who seized power in a 1921 coup, had gone with his son into exile.