Egypt’s former leader, Hosni Mubarak, has died aged 91, according to media reports citing his family. The controversial president ruled Egypt for three decades before being jailed on corruption charges.
Mubarak died several weeks after undergoing surgery, Egyptian media reported. A family member told AFP that the former ruler died at Cairo’s Galaa military hospital.
In a statement, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi hailed Mubarak as a “military leader and war hero” and offered his condolences to his family. Mubarak will receive a military funeral, but the time of his burial is still not clear, according to Egyptian sources that spoke with Reuters.
The former president was detained after the 2011 ‘Arab Spring’ uprising in Egypt, and received a three-year prison sentence in 2015 for using public funds to live a lavish lifestyle. The former president, who assumed power in 1981 before being forced out of office 30 years later, was released from prison in 2017.
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