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Hosni Mubarak is a political leader who served as the President of Egypt from 1981 to 2011

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BirthdayMay 4, 1928
NationalityEgyptian
FamousFormer President of Egypt, Leaders, Presidents, Military Leaders
SpousesSuzanne Mubarak
Known asMuḥammad Ḥusnī El Sayed Mubārak
Childrens Alaa Mubarak, Gamal Mubarak
Universities
  • 1949 - Egyptian Military Academy
  • Egyptian Air Academy
Birth PlaceMonufia Governorate
ReligionSunni Islam, Islam
Height173cm
GenderMale
Net Worth$1.2 billion as of Jan 12,2017
Sun SignTaurus
Born inMonufia Governorate
Famous asFormer President of Egypt

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Who is Hosni Mubarak?

Muhammad Hosni El Sayed Mubarak, better known as Hosni Mubarak, is an Egyptian political leader who served as the President of Egypt from 1981 to 2011. He had been the president for almost 30 years when the 2011 Egyptian Revolution broke out forcing him to step down from presidency after days of violent riots, non-violent civil resistance, acts of civil disobedience and strikes demanding the dissolution of the Mubarak Government. At the time of his stepping down he was the longest serving ruler of the country since Muhammad Ali Pasha who had ruled for over four decades in the first half of the 19th century. Mubarak had been a military leader before he entered politics, having served in the Egyptian Air Force as an Air Chief Marshal. As an Air Force officer Mubarak was credited with the successful performance of the Egyptian air force in the opening days of the war with Israel. The then-President Anwar Sadat had great faith in Mubarak and thus appointed him as the Vice President of Egypt. He took over the reins as the president when Sadat was assassinated after a few years, and thus began the Mubarak administration which would last for almost three decades before being overthrown in the wake of the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born on 4 May 1928 in Kafr El-Meselha, Monufia Governorate, Egypt. His father was a minor official in the Ministry of Justice.

Mubarak received his primary education from his village schools and went to the nearby provincial capital of Shibin El-Kom for his secondary education.

He then joined the Egyptian Military Academy from where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Military Sciences in 1949. After leaving the military academy he entered the Air Force Academy and gained his commission as a pilot officer in March 1950. He also received a Bachelor’s degree in aviation sciences and underwent advanced flight and bomber training in the Soviet Union.

Career

He joined the Egyptian Air Force and served in several units over the next few years. He became a lecturer in the Air Force Academy in 1952 and taught there till 1959.

He went to the Soviet Union in February 1959 for undergoing further training in a Soviet pilot training school in Moscow and another at Kant Air Base near Bishkek in the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic. His training continued till 1961.

He earned a seat at the Frunze Military Academy in Moscow in 1964 and trained there for a year. He served as a wing commander in Egypt upon his return and commanded the Cairo West Air Base in October 1966.

In 1967, the President Gamal Abdel Nasser named Mubarak as the director of the Air Force Academy and entrusted him with the crucial task of rebuilding the air force, which the Israelis had destroyed during the Six Day War of June 1967. Two years later, in 1969 he became Chief of Staff for the Egyptian Air Force and in 1972 its commander-in-chief.

As the commander-in-chief he was credited with the successful performance of the Egyptian Air Force in the opening days of the war with Israel in October 1973, and was promoted to the rank of air marshal in 1974.

A new chapter began in his life when in 1975 the President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat named him the Vice President.

President Sadat was assassinated in October 1981 and soon afterwards Mubarak assumed office as the president.

During the initial years of his administration he increased the production of clothing, furniture, and medicine and provided affordable housing. He tried to curb corruption in the administration and improved relations with the former Soviet Union.

He became popular and easily won a second six-year term in 1987. Being a former military officer, he stressed on security and expanded the Egyptian State Security Investigations Service (Mabahith Amn ad-Dawla) and the Central Security Forces (anti-riot and containment forces).

He won the election in 1993 and also in 1999, greatly extending his tenure as the president. No other candidate could run against him because of a clause in the Egyptian constitution in which the People's Assembly played the main role in electing the President of the Republic.

The pressure for democratic reforms in Egypt was mounting and in September 2005 a multiple-candidate election was held. He won 88.6% of the votes in what was the first contested presidential election in Egypt's history, amidst allegations of mass rigging activities.

By this time the people of Egypt were growing increasingly dissatisfied with Mubarak administration. Corruption, unemployment, and anti-democracy activities were on the rise and activists were imprisoned without trial. Mubarak’s family was accused of accumulating wealth from bribes and other illegal activities.

Mass protests against him and his administration erupted in Cairo and other Egyptian cities in January 2011, leading to the Egyptian Revolution in which lakhs of protestors from all over the country demanded that Mubarak be overthrown. Though initially reluctant, he eventually gave in to the mounting pressure and resigned from his position as the president.

He had to then stand on trial on several charges including ordering the killing of protesters, corruption and abuse of power.

In June 2012, an Egyptian court sentenced Mubarak to life imprisonment though Egypt's Court of Cassation overturned his sentence and ordered a retrial in 2013.

He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2014 on charges of embezzlement.

In 2015, Egypt's Court of Cassation overturned his sentence and ordered a retrial.

Awards & Achievements

In 1995, the Government of India honored him with the Jawaharlal Nehru Award which is presented to people "for their outstanding contribution to the promotion of international understanding, goodwill and friendship among people of the world".

He received the Military Honor Medal Knight Rank from the President of Syria.

He was honored with the Decoration of King Abdul Aziz-Excellent Degree from King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saoud.

Personal Life & Legacy

He is married to Suzanne Saleh Thabet, and has two sons with her. His wife was born to an Egyptian father and a British mother and is a sociologist by education.

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Hosni Mubarak biography timelines

  • // 4th May 1928
    He was born on 4 May 1928 in Kafr El-Meselha, Monufia Governorate, Egypt. His father was a minor official in the Ministry of Justice.
  • // 1949 To Mar 1950
    He then joined the Egyptian Military Academy from where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Military Sciences in 1949. After leaving the military academy he entered the Air Force Academy and gained his commission as a pilot officer in March 1950. He also received a Bachelor’s degree in aviation sciences and underwent advanced flight and bomber training in the Soviet Union.
  • // 1952 To 1959
    He joined the Egyptian Air Force and served in several units over the next few years. He became a lecturer in the Air Force Academy in 1952 and taught there till 1959.
  • // Feb 1959 To 1961
    He went to the Soviet Union in February 1959 for undergoing further training in a Soviet pilot training school in Moscow and another at Kant Air Base near Bishkek in the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic. His training continued till 1961.
  • // 1964 To Oct 1966
    He earned a seat at the Frunze Military Academy in Moscow in 1964 and trained there for a year. He served as a wing commander in Egypt upon his return and commanded the Cairo West Air Base in October 1966.
  • // 1967 To 1972
    In 1967, the President Gamal Abdel Nasser named Mubarak as the director of the Air Force Academy and entrusted him with the crucial task of rebuilding the air force, which the Israelis had destroyed during the Six Day War of June 1967. Two years later, in 1969 he became Chief of Staff for the Egyptian Air Force and in 1972 its commander-in-chief.
  • // Oct 1973 To 1974
    As the commander-in-chief he was credited with the successful performance of the Egyptian Air Force in the opening days of the war with Israel in October 1973, and was promoted to the rank of air marshal in 1974.
  • // 1975
    A new chapter began in his life when in 1975 the President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat named him the Vice President.
  • // Oct 1981
    President Sadat was assassinated in October 1981 and soon afterwards Mubarak assumed office as the president.
  • // 1987
    He became popular and easily won a second six-year term in 1987. Being a former military officer, he stressed on security and expanded the Egyptian State Security Investigations Service (Mabahith Amn ad-Dawla) and the Central Security Forces (anti-riot and containment forces).
  • // 1993 To 1999
    He won the election in 1993 and also in 1999, greatly extending his tenure as the president. No other candidate could run against him because of a clause in the Egyptian constitution in which the People's Assembly played the main role in electing the President of the Republic.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, the Government of India honored him with the Jawaharlal Nehru Award which is presented to people "for their outstanding contribution to the promotion of international understanding, goodwill and friendship among people of the world".
  • // Sep 2005
    The pressure for democratic reforms in Egypt was mounting and in September 2005 a multiple-candidate election was held. He won 88.6% of the votes in what was the first contested presidential election in Egypt's history, amidst allegations of mass rigging activities.
  • // Jan 2011
    Mass protests against him and his administration erupted in Cairo and other Egyptian cities in January 2011, leading to the Egyptian Revolution in which lakhs of protestors from all over the country demanded that Mubarak be overthrown. Though initially reluctant, he eventually gave in to the mounting pressure and resigned from his position as the president.
  • // Jun 2012 To 2013
    In June 2012, an Egyptian court sentenced Mubarak to life imprisonment though Egypt's Court of Cassation overturned his sentence and ordered a retrial in 2013.
  • // 2014
    He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2014 on charges of embezzlement.
  • // 2015
    In 2015, Egypt's Court of Cassation overturned his sentence and ordered a retrial.

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    Hosni Mubarak was born in Monufia Governorate

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    Hosni Mubarak's spouses is Suzanne Mubarak

  • Who is Hosni Mubarak childrens?

    Hosni Mubarak's childrens is Alaa Mubarak, Gamal Mubarak

  • What was Hosni Mubarak universities?

    Hosni Mubarak studied at 1949 - Egyptian Military Academy, Egyptian Air Academy

  • What is Hosni Mubarak's religion?

    Hosni Mubarak's religion is Sunni Islam, Islam

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    Hosni Mubarak's height is 173

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    Hosni Mubarak is Taurus

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