Hosni Mubarak: Egypt’s former president dies at 91

Kent Mensah Feb 25, 2020 at 07:02am

February 25, 2020 at 07:02 am | News

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Kent Mensah

February 25, 2020 at 07:02 am | News

Hosni Mubarak | Photo: Middle East Monitor

Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak has died in a Cairo hospital on Tuesday, Egyptian state news confirmed.

Mubarak who ruled for almost 30 years was 91. Mubarak had a surgery session late January after battling illness.

The fourth president of Egypt stepped down after a popular revolution in 2011.

Mubarak was found guilty in the killing of protesters during the Arab Spring but was later freed in March 2017.

Born in a rural village in the Nile Delta on May 4, 1928, Mubarak came to power in 1981 as a member of the Egyptian air force. The former pilot rose through the ranks in the force from 1949 to become the commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Air Force in 1972.

He became Egypt’s vice president in 1975 before occupying the highest office of the land.

By 2010 he became unpopular as his government was hit with a series of protests which later became known as the Arab Spring. He was forced to resign and later tried for conspiring to murder protesters.

After three years in jail the case was dropped.

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