Egyptian military personnel salute a horse-drawn carriage transporting the coffin of Hosni Mubarak at the Tantawi mosque in Cairo (26 February 2020)Picture copyright

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Egypt’s present president paid tribute to Hosni Mubarak’s navy service

A navy funeral has been held in Egypt for former President Hosni Mubarak, who died on Tuesday aged 91.

Mubarak’s sons, Alaa and Gamal, walked in procession with troopers subsequent to his coffin because it was taken to a mosque in Cairo constructed by the navy the place the ceremony befell.

The federal government has declared three days of nationwide mourning.

Mubarak was compelled out of workplace by an Arab Spring well-liked rebellion in 2011, after 30 years in energy.

He spent the subsequent six years in jail or navy hospitals whereas standing trial on numerous expenses.

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In 2012, Mubarak was sentenced to life after being convicted of complicity within the homicide of protesters throughout the rebellion. However he was ultimately cleared on attraction.

He was additionally given a three-year jail sentence for embezzling public funds.

State media reported that he died at a Cairo hospital after present process surgical procedure.

Egyptians divided over Mubarak’s legacy

By Sally Nabil, BBC Information, Cairo

Dozens of Hosni Mubarak’s supporters, many wearing black, gathered outdoors the mosque the place the funeral was held. They held indicators expressing gratitude for Egypt’s “biggest chief”.

“He was a smart man who stored this nation steady for 30 years,” a middle-aged man informed me.

Stability was Mubarak’s watchword. He took delight in protecting all the things below management throughout his lengthy autocratic rule. However this got here at an enormous value, in keeping with his critics.

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Supporters of Hosni Mubarak gathered outdoors the Tantawi mosque

Egyptians who took half within the 2011 revolution say he was a corrupt dictator. They maintain him accountable for the issues Egypt is struggling for the time being.

“It is all a part of his horrible legacy,” one younger man stated.

Some folks on social media requested why Mubarak was given such a funeral when he had been convicted of corruption. In addition they in contrast his therapy to that of his ousted successor, Mohammed Morsi, who died final yr whereas in court docket and was buried in a single day with just a few members of his household in attendance.

Morsi was an Islamist, nonetheless, whereas Mubarak belonged to the navy – an establishment that has dominated Egypt’s political scene for greater than six a long time.

Whereas some Egyptians think about Mubarak a determine from the previous, a substantial quantity imagine the time when he was in energy was higher than it’s now. They are saying he left a small house for freedom of expression, not like the present president.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has expressed “deep condolences” to Mubarak’s household.

An announcement paid tribute to his navy service throughout the 1973 Arab-Israeli conflict. However it didn’t point out his time as president.

“[He was] one of many heroes of the wonderful October conflict, when he led the air pressure throughout the conflict that restored dignity and delight to the Arab nation,” it stated.

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Egypt’s high navy officers have been anticipated to attend the funeral

Mr Sisi served as Mubarak’s navy intelligence chief and led the navy’s overthrow of his democratically elected successor, Mohammed Morsi, in 2013.

Since then, he has overseen an unprecedented crackdown on dissent, during which tens of hundreds of individuals have reportedly been detained, lots of have been handed preliminary deaths sentences, and lots of extra have gone lacking.