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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is dead

A former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has died at the age of 91.

Mubarak ruled for almost 30 years and stepped down after a popular revolution in 2011.

He served as Egypt’s fourth president starting in 1981 until his ouster in what became known as the Arab Spring revolution.

The former president was jailed for years after the uprising but was freed in 2017 after being acquitted of most charges.

Mubarak died weeks after undergoing surgery.

Aljazeera reports that his brother-in-law, General Mounir Thabet, told AFP news agency, he passed away at Cairo’s Galaa military hospital.

Throughout his rule, he was a stalwart US ally, a bulwark against armed groups, 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.

In the meantime, the Egyptian presidency mourned ex-president Hosny Mubarak in a statement on Tuesday, describing him as a leader and a hero of the 1973 war against Israel.

The presidency said in the statement that it “mourns with great sorrow former president Mohammed Hosny Mubarak, for what he presented to his country as one of the leaders and heroes of the October war, as he took command of the Air Force during the war that restored dignity and pride to the Arab nation.”

It extended its sincere condolences to his family.

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