Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak dies at the age of 91
February 25th, 2020 at 6:52 pm
Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak dies at the age of 91

International desk- Hosni Mubarak, the former Egyptian president, has died in Cairo. He was 91.

The former Egyptian leader died at a military hospital on Tuesday, according state-run news agency Al-Watan.

Mubarak underwent surgery in late January and was photographed with his grandson as he recovered. On Saturday, his son Alaa said that the former president remained in intensive care, according to BBC.

Mubarak was ousted by the military after a popular uprising against him in 2011 after he spent three decades in office.

He was found guilty of complicity in the killing of protesters during the revolution. That conviction was overturned and was freed in March 2017.

Mubarak was born in 1928. He joined the air force as a teenager and went on to play a key role in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

He became president less than a decade later, following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat, and played leading role in the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

But despite the billions of dollars in military aid Egypt received during his time in office, unemployment, poverty and corruption continued to grow.

Discontent boiled over in January 2011, after similar protests in Tunisia led to the overthrow of the president there. Mubarak was forced to step down 18 days later.

In 2012 Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment over the deaths of some of the 900 protesters who were killed by security forces during the uprising a year earlier.

Both he and his two sons were also convicted of corruption. But the more serious charges against Mubarak were later overturned and he was released in 2017, according to BBC.