Rahmon extends condolences to Egyptian president over the death of Hosni Mubarak

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President Emomali Rahmon has sent a message of condolences to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi over the death of ex President of that country Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak, according to the Tajik president's official website.

With feelings of the deepest regret I heard the news about the death of former head of state of Egypt Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak, the message said.

Emomali Rahmon, in particular, noted that as a statesman, Hosni Mubarak had determined the nature and content of an entire phase of development of Egypt, having become widely known in the international arena.

Rahmon extended condolences to President Abdel Fattah el Sisi and the people of Egypt.

Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak (May 4, 1928 February 25, 2020) was an Egyptian military and political leader who served as the fourth president of Egypt from 1981 to 2011.

Before he entered politics, Mubarak was a career officer in the Egyptian Air Force. He served as its commander from 1972 to 1975 and rose to the rank of air chief marshal in 1973. He assumed the presidency after the assassination of Anwar Sadat. Mubarak's presidency lasted almost thirty years, making him Egypt's longest serving ruler since Muhammad Ali Pasha, who ruled the country from 1805 to 1848, a reign of 43 years. Mubarak stepped down after 18 days of demonstrations during the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. On February 11, 2011, former Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that Mubarak and he had resigned as president and vice president respectively and transferred authority to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

On April 13, 2011, a prosecutor ordered Mubarak and both of his sons (Alaa and Gamal) to be detained for 15 days of questioning about allegations of corruption and abuse of power. Mubarak was then ordered to stand trial on charges of negligence for failing to halt the killing of peaceful protesters during the revolution. These trials began on August 3, 2011. On June 2, 2012, an Egyptian court sentenced Mubarak to life imprisonment. After sentencing, he was reported to have suffered a series of health crises. On January 13, 2013, Egypt's Court of Cassation (the nation's high court of appeal) overturned Mubarak's sentence and ordered a retrial. On retrial, Mubarak and his sons were convicted on May 9, 2015 of corruption and given prison sentences. Mubarak was detained in a military hospital and his sons were freed October 12, 2015 by a Cairo court. Mubarak was acquitted on March 2, 2017 by the Court of Cassation and released on March 24, 2017.

He died on 25 February 2020.

SOURCE: ASIA PLUS