Cairo (QNN)- Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president for almost 30 years who was ousted by a popular revolution in 2011, has died at the age of 91, reported Egypt’s state TV. channel.
Mubarak served as Egypt’s fourth president starting in 1981 until his ouster the Arab Spring revolution.
He was found guilty of complicity in the killing of nearly 900 protesters during the revolution. That conviction was overturned and was freed in March 2017.
Mubarak underwent surgery in late January and was photographed with his grandson as he recovered.
On Saturday, however, Mubarak’s son Alaa said that the former president remained in intensive care.
Mubarak served in 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.
Despite the billions of dollars in military aid, Egypt received during his time in office, and the country’s rich resources, unemployment, poverty and corruption continued to grow. He was also accused of repressing the opposition.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of the first leaders to send his condolences to Egypt’s current dictator El Sisi.
“On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I want to express deep sorrow for the passing of my personal friend, Hosni Mubarak. I wish to send condolences to President [Abdel Fattah al-Sisi] and the Mubarak family”, he wrote in a statement.