Egypt to hold full-honors military funeral for Mubarak
Added 02-26-20 05:35:02am EST - “Egypt was preparing to hold a full-honors military funeral Wednesday for the country's former autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, who for decades was the face of stability in the Middle East but who was ousted from power in the 2011…” - Washingtontimes.com
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CAIRO (AP) - Egypt was preparing to hold a full-honors military funeral Wednesday for the country’s former autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, who for decades was the face of stability in the Middle East but who was ousted from power in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that swept much of the region.
A few dozen Mubarak supporters, clad in black and carrying posters of the former president, gathered in the morning at a mosque complex in a the eastern New Cairo neighborhood, where Mubarak’s body was to be brought for the funeral service later in the day.
The 91-year-old Mubarak died on Tuesday at a Cairo military hospital from heart and kidney complications, according to medical documents obtained by The Associated Press. He was admitted to hospital in Jan. 21 with intestinal obstruction and underwent surgery, after which he was treated in intensive care.
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To the outside world, Mubarak the strongman symbolized so much of Egypt’s modern history, but his rule of nearly 30 years ended after hundreds of thousands of young Egyptians rallied for 18 days of unprecedented street protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and elsewhere in 2011, forcing him to step down.
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