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Hosni Mubarak espoused global values of freedom – Jonathan

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said that His Excellency, President Hosni Mubarak will be remembered as a leader who espoused global values of freedom, equality and worked diligently for peace and stability in the Middle-East.

He disclosed this on his official social media platform on Wednesday while sending his deepest condolences to the people and government of Egypt over the passing on of His Excellency, President Hosni Mubarak. He said he was a statesman who led Egypt at a critical period in history and will be remembered as a leader who espoused global values of freedom.

Born in 1928, Mubarak entered 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 a key role in the Israel-Palestinian peace process. Mubarak: Egyptian statesman of war and peace, Egypt’s 18-day revolution 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. Just over a year after Mubarak’s overthrow, Mohamed Morsi, an Islamist politician, won Egypt’s first democratic presidential election.

The new president lasted less than a year in office. Amid mass protests, he was ousted in a military coup led by Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Gen Sisi went on to win two presidential elections. Morsi died in prison in 2019.

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 him 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.

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