The deposed president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, dies at the age of 91, reports the TV
- Autocrat ruled Egypt for 30 years before he was removed by the army
- Former president was held in custody for six years for killing protesters
- Nearly 900 people were killed in Cairo during massive street protests in 2011
The deposed president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, died at the age of 91, the state television has announced.
The poor health of the autocrat after a recent operation was detailed on social media by his son Alaa.
Only friends and family will be allowed at his funeral, Arab media have said.
Hosni Mubarak has died, the Egyptian state TV has announced. He is pictured above in the 2015 presidential palace in Cairo
The former president was operated on January 23, according to a tweet from his son on social media.
“My father had surgery last night,” he wrote, “his condition was stable, okay, praise and thanks to God.”
A second tweet on 11 February read ‘May God bless you’ and showed images of Mubarak during his 30-year presidency.
He was taken out of power by the army in 2011 after a wave of mass protests during the Arab Spring.
The former president was held for six years while the former leader and his sons Alaa and Gamal were on trial for the deaths of anti-government protesters.
Mubarak’s health had not gone well in recent years, his son said
He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2012, but was allowed to roam freely after a court of appeal rejected the charges against him in 2017.
Nearly 900 demonstrators were killed in Cairo during the massive street protests in 2011.
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