Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak died aged 91 on February 25 2020 after undergoing surgery. A military funeral has been held.
The current President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, walked alongside Mubarak’s sons, Alaa and Gamal, in a procession behind his coffin as it was taken to the Field Marshal Tantawi mosque in Cairo. The government has declared three days of national mourning.
Mubarak was forced out of office by an Arab Spring popular uprising in 2011, after 30 years in power. He spent the next six years in prison or military hospitals while standing trial on various charges.
His ousted successor, Mohammed Morsi, died last year while in court and was buried overnight with only a few members of his family in attendance. Morsi was an Islamist, however, while Mubarak belonged to the military – an institution that has dominated Egypt’s political scene for more than six decades.
Mr Sisi served as Mubarak’s military intelligence chief and led the military’s overthrow of his democratically elected successor, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013.
Mubarak’s coffin was airlifted from the Field Marshall Tantawi mosque to the family burial grounds.
[August 18 2020 Egypt’s Tahrir Square November 18 2011 protest seen today ]
The shadow of the Arab Spring looms. A cynic could point to the fact that in Egypt Hosni Mubarak is at home, acquitted of all charges, and his democratically elected successor, Mohamed Morsi, is dead, ground down by poor treatment in solitary confinement.
[ November 18 2011 ]
Egypt’s ‘Friday of One Demand’ largest Tahrir protest since July, as Islamists dominate a rally by forces from across Egypt’s political and ideological spectrum demanding a swift transfer of power. Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied November 18 in Cairo’s Tahrir square. Egyptians are scheduled to go to the polls later this month for the start of elections to choose a new parliament. Tantawi, who served as Mubarak’s defense minister for 20 years, since February 11, 2011, has been simultaneously the Minister of Defense, and Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces,