Egypt State TV: Ex-President Mubarak Has Died At 91

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FILE - In this March 25, 2008 file photo, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak looks attends a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside Moscow's Kremlin wall. Egypt's state TV said Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, that the country's former President Hosni Mubarak, ousted in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising, has died at 91. Mubarak, who was in power for almost three decades, was forced to resign on Feb. 11, 2011, after following 18 days of protests around the country. The Arab Spring uprisings had convulsed autocratic regimes across the Middle East. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File)

CAIRO (AP) — Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian leader who for nearly 30 years was the resolute face of stability in the Mideast before being forced by the military to resign after 18-day nationwide protests that were part of the Arab world’s 2011 pro-democracy upheaval, died on Tuesday, the country’s state-run TV said. He was 91.

Throughout his rule, he was a stalwart U.S. ally, a bulwark against Islamic militancy and guardian of Egypt’s peace with Israel. But to the tens of thousands of young Egyptians who rallied for 18 days of unprecedented street protests in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square and elsewhere in 2011, Mubarak was a relic, a latter-day pharaoh.

They were inspired by the Tunisian revolt, and harnessed the power of social media to muster tumultuous throngs, unleashing popular anger over the graft and brutality that shadowed his rule. In the end, with millions massed in Tahrir Square and other city centers around the country, and even marching to the doorstep of Mubarak’s palace, the military that long nurtured him pushed him aside on Feb. 11, 2011. The generals took power, hoping to preserve what they could of the system he headed.

The state TV said Mubarak died at a Cairo hospital where he had undergone an unspecified surgery. The report said he had health complications but offered no other details. One of his sons, Alaa, announced over the weekend that the former president was in an intensive care after undergoing surgery.

Though Tunisia’s president fell before him, the ouster of Mubarak was the more stunning collapse in the face of the Arab Spring shaking regimes across the Arab world.

He was convicted along with his former security chief on June 2012 and sentenced to life in prison for failing to prevent the killing of some 900 protesters during the 18-day who rose up against his autocratic regime in 2011. Both appealed the verdict and a higher court later cleared them in 2014.

The acquittal stunned many Egyptians, thousands of whom poured into central Cairo to show their anger against the court.

The following year, Mubarak and his two sons – wealthy businessman Alaa and Mubarak’s one-time heir apparent Gamal — sentenced to three years in prison on corruption charges during a retrial. The sons were released in 2015 for time served, while Mubarak walked free in 2017.

Since his arrest in April 2011, Mubarak spent the nearly six years in jail in hospitals. Following his release, he was taken to an apartment in Cairo’s Heliopolis district.

For the man who was long untouchable — even a word of criticism against him in the media was forbidden for much of his rule — prison was a shock. When he was flown from the court to Torah Prison in Cairo in 2011, he cried in protest and refused to get out of the helicopter.

Over the years, Mubarak tinkered with reform but shunned major change, presenting himself as Egypt’s sole protection against Islamic militancy and sectarian division. The U.S. tried pushing him harder for reforms, but succeeded only in alienating him. Fearful of losing its alliance with the most powerful Arab country, Washington backed off.

But the failure to fulfill repeated promises of change steadily deepened public despair, and those seeking a democratic future were dismayed to see Mubarak making apparent moves to set up a dynastic succession in the shape of his businessman son, Gamal Mubarak.

Hosni Mubarak, born in May 1928, was vice president on Oct. 14, 1981 when his mentor, President Anwar Sadat, was assassinated by Islamic extremists while reviewing a military parade. Seated next to Sadat, Mubarak escaped with a minor hand injury as gunmen sprayed the reviewing stand with bullets. Eight days later, the brawny former air force commander was sworn in as president, promising continuity and order.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. A good man that should have never been removed. Bush Hillary and Obama made this silly mistake thinking Arab springs will usher in normalcy and modernize the Arabs. These animals need pro American dictators who will whip them in shape. Thank god al sisi stepped in and cleaned up our mess. We should have learned from Iraq to support dictators. We should definitely not mingle or interfere with other countries (Just like we don’t like when they mingle with us) unless it’s a gross humanitarian crisis

  2. I’ve never been able to understand why Mubarek gave shelter to the terrorists who hijacked the Achille Lauro in 1985, and killed an American Jew, Leon Klinghoffer, as well as throwing his body into the ocean. Mubarak lied that they were even in Egypt, and also lied when they were sneaked out of Egypt. To his credit, when Ronald Reagan through our intelligence, learned that those terrorists were in the air onboard an Egypt Air jet, he ordered a U.S. Navy fighter jet, to force it to land at a NATO base in Italy. There, the spineless Italians, who feared retaliation from other terrorists, permitted some of the terrorists to leave. When Mubarek was confronted about the lack of candor on his part (i.e. lying), about the terrorists, he dodged the question and stated “Well, I guess the Americans feel better now that they were caught”.

    • True the man was still an arab and hates us. But he was the best choice we had. You will find a boat laod of greivenaces with all of these animals. but you have to un They all have yiddisha blood on their hands. quetsion is who is the east crazy and has the least blood.

    • Yes. But even worse was those lowly Italian cowards. If you remember the whole Sigonella Crisis. It is/was a fascinating story of what really took place over there. Even the fat terrorist Mahmoud Abbas, now the so-called leader in Gaza, was involved.

    • I’ll debate Putin another time. But are you really that stupid or just dumb?

      “where we get our freedoms in this country”?
      I am not discussing the USA. I am discusing blew blood thirsty muslims and arabs. in the USA yes democracy works. But hasn’t the arab spring taught you anything about democracy in the middle east? Would you really rather prefer Morsi from the brotherhood over Al-Sisi? Was Iraq any better off after we got rid of Saddam? Is Gaza better off with “free elctions” under Hamas? Is lybia better off without Gadaffi? is syria better off under iSIS?

      You assume the old Bush doctrine that when citizens are offered the choice they chose a stable democracy with no corruption over tyrany. Its foolish and proven wrong. It doesn’t work with your liberal beliefs but hey get with the program its the reailty of life.

        • Interesting choice of nitpicking. If it makes you happy I take those words back. Let me rephrase it for fake news lairs like you. Mubarak was a BAD man. But he was our best option for a BAD man, There are no good men who can lead with muslims. So its either bad or horrffic. Got it now?

          Your multiple immature funny screen names don’t change the message either.

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