Hosni Mubarak, former ruler of Egypt, dead at 91

Hosni Mubarak, the former ruler of Egypt, who was overthrown during the 2011 revolution, has died aged 91, state media report.

Mubarak, who was president of Egypt for three decades between 1981 and 2011, spent some six years in a military hospital following the revolution, which began on January 25, 2011.

In March 2017, he was acquitted of causing the deaths of protesters during the demonstrations against his rule. His sons had been acquitted on similar charges in 2015.

Mubarak stood down in a public address to the nation on February 11, 2011, after days of protests in Cairo and other cities in Egypt.

His overthrow led to the first democratic elections held in Egypt since independence, which brought the Muslim Brotherhood – banned and suppressed for decades under Mubarak – to power.

But Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi’s rule of the country was both divisive and chaotic, and in 2013 the government was overthrown in a coup by military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Sisi later won elections in Egypt in 2014 which the Brotherhood – and other anti-government candidates – were banned from taking part.

Mubarak took power in 1981 after the murder of former president Anwar Sadat during a military parade.

-Hosni Mubarak


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