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Ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Who Ruled For Over 30 Years, Dies At 91

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Updated February 25, 2020
A file photo taken on April 23, 2008, shows Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak addresses a press conference following talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin. Egypt’s former long-time president Hosni Mubarak died on February 25, 2020, at the age 91 at Cairo’s Galaa military hospital. PHOTO: John MACDOUGALL / AFP

 

Egypt’s former long-time president Hosni Mubarak died Tuesday at age 91 at Cairo’s Galaa military hospital, his family and state TV said.

His son Alaa Mubarak tweeted that “this morning my father, president Mubarak, passed away”.

Mubarak’s brother-in-law, General Mounir Thabet, told AFP that the family was at the hospital and that the presidential office would organise the funeral.

Mubarak had long been battling an illness and recently been admitted to an intensive care unit.

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He took power in 1981, following the assassination of former president Anwar al-Sadat, and remained head of state for three decades.

A file photo taken on May 17, 2008, shows Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (L) meeting US President George W. Bush (C) and First Lady Laura Bush (R) during a reception ceremony at Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport. PHOTO: Jim WATSON / AFP

 

He was overthrown after three weeks of mass protests that started on January 25, 2011.

His toppling came amid mounting popular anger triggered partly by rampant police brutality and by 2010 parliamentary elections which were widely slammed as rigged.

Mubarak faced multiple charges after his overthrow, including over the deaths of protesters in 2011 and corruption.

After years of protracted trials and legal proceedings, he was acquitted on most charges.

Under Mubarak’s 30-year-rule, Egyptians lived under emergency laws that gave sweeping powers to the country’s security agencies.

The former president had survived multiple assassination attempts including one by Islamist militants in 1995 in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

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