Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak dies aged 91

Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has died in Cairo at the age of 91.

Ousted by the military in 2011, Mubarak spent three decades in office.

Egypt went through several tumultuous years after the Arab Spring revolts, with numerous terrorist attacks and a second presidential ouster in 2013 that saw the military push aside elected president and Muslim Brotherhood member Mohammed Morsi. Morsi died in an Egyptian prison in 2019.

Egyptian institutions paid tribute to Mubarak, focusing on his record as a war hero during the 1973 war against neighbouring Israel.

Mubarak was found guilty of complicity in the killing of protesters during the revolution, a conviction was overturned and was freed in March 2017.

His death was confirmed by Egyptian state news on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the Al-Watan website reported that he died at a military hospital.

Who was Hosni Mubarak?

Born in 1928, Mubarak entered the air force as a teenager and went on to play a key role in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

Before he entered politics, Mubarak was a career officer in the Egyptian Air Force. From February 1959 to June 1961, Mubarak undertook further training in the Soviet Union, attending a Soviet pilot training school in Moscow and another at Kant Air Base near Bishkek in the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic.

He became president less than a decade later, following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat, and played a key role in the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

Mubarak’s 30-year rule was the longest presidency in Egypt’s history, and until his overthrow in 2011 he was the only ruler that many young Egyptians had ever known.

In 2012, Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment over the deaths of some of the 900 protesters who were killed by security forces during the uprising a year earlier.

Both he and his two sons were also convicted of corruption.However,more serious charges against Mubarak were later overturned and he was released in 2017.

Egypt’s government has declared three days of mourning for the former president starting Wednesday.

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