Hosni Mubarak: Egypt's controversial former president passes away

Hosni Mubarak: Egypt's controversial former president passes away

- Hosni Mubarak ruled the desert country for 30 years from 1981 to 2011 when protests forced him out of office

- He was arrested and charged with various offenses he committed while in office during his 30-year rule

- In 2017, Egyptian court acquitted him of the charges even though poor health had taken toll on him

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Former Egypt president Hosni Mubarak has passed on aged 91.

The late strongman has been battling poor health since his ousting and was on Saturday, February 22, taken to ICU at hospital in Cairo.

His son Alaa Mubarak confirmed the late politician underwent surgery but his condition remained unstable even as doctors worked to resuscitate him.

BBC News.

A frail-looking Hosni Mubarak. His poor health followed series of court cases. Photo: BBC News.
Source: UGC

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Hosni, a former military man and one that was regarded as a war man by fellow countrymen, ruled the desert nation for three decades from 1981 after ex-president Anwar Sadat was assassinated.

The New York Times.

Hosni Mubarak attending a court session during one of his trials. Photo: The New York Times.
Source: UGC

His reign came to an abrupt end in February 2011 following nation wide protests that began at the famous Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution which forced him to resign.

His resignation was announced by country's vice president Omar Suleiman whom he appointed in 2011 to cool political tensions, Hosni ruled without a vice president.

The New York Times.

Protests rocked Tahir Square in 2011. The pressure forced out Hosni Mubarak. Photo: The New York Times.
Source: UGC

Having been forced to hand over the instruments of power to the military, Hosni and his two sons Alaa and Gamal were arrested and detained for abuse of power and corruption.

As the country's leader, he faced other charges of killing anti-government over protesters.

A court in Cairo handed him a life sentence in 2012 but the nation's highest court lightened the the ruling for a prison sentence.

The sons were set free in 2015 while a frail-looking Hosni walked to freedom in 2017, he had suffered a series of health crises while in prison.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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