Egypt mourns former president Hosni Mubarak

Egypt’s government Tuesday announced that former President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled this African country from 1981 to 2011,  passed away at the age of 91.

The Egyptian government referred to Mubarak as one of the heroes of the 1973 Yom Kippur war against Israel.

Alaa Mubarak confirmed his father’s death through social networks where he posted a video in which two images of Mubarak are presented, one as president and another as a young Army officer.

“With and against us, the homeland remains and people leave. Egypt is immortal,” the former President says in one of the video’s scenes.

Besides declaring national mourning, the President Abdul-Fattah El-Sisi administration referred to Mubarak as a hero of the 1973 Yom Kippur war against Israel, “the war that regained the Arabic nation’s honor and dignity.”

 

Mubarak, who died after being in intensive care for weeks due to a stomach operation​​​​​​​, was ousted as Egypt’s president after the so-called Arab Spring which spread across African countries in 2011.

As a result of the death of citizens who had protested against his government, he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012, although judges subsequently overturned that verdict.

In 2014, Mubarak was sentenced to three years in jail for financial irregularities. After that period, he was released.

Eight years after the end of his Presidency, the country’s inhabitants remain divided into their opinions and attitudes towards his 30-years regime.

“Torture was the state policy at the time of Mubarak and was an organized method in prisons and at the hands of the Police,” a human rights defender Aida Seif al Daula recalled.​​​​​​​

A full-honours military funeral has been held in Egypt for the country’s former autocratic president. The funeral, replete with cannon fire and a horse-drawn carriage carrying his coffin, highlighted the wartime achievements of Mr Mubarak as the government bids to make his military career his legacy, rather than his time in office.

The 91-year-old died on Tuesday at a Cairo military hospital from heart and kidney complications, according to medical documents cited by PA Media. He was admitted to hospital on January 21 with intestinal obstruction and underwent surgery, after which he was treated in intensive care.