Egypt Holds Full-Honors Military Funeral for Mubarak
Egypt held on Wednesday a full-honors military funeral for former President Hosni Mubarajk, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 91.
President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi attended the service, which was to be followed later in the day by burial at the cemetery in Heliopolis, an upscale Cairo district that was Mubarak's home for most of his rule and where he lived until his death.
A few dozen Mubarak supporters, clad in black and carrying posters of the former president, had gathered since morning hours at a mosque complex in an eastern New Cairo neighborhood, where Mubarak's body was brought for the funeral service.
The Republican Guard carried Mubarak’s casket wrapped in the Egyptian flag.
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 on Jan. 21 with intestinal obstruction and underwent surgery, after which he was treated in intensive care.
On Tuesday, Sisi extended condolences to the former president's family, including his widow Suzanne and two sons, wealthy businessman Alaa and Mubarak's one-time heir apparent Gamal.
Egypt’s presidency and armed forces mourned the former air force officer as a hero for his role in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. The presidency declared three days of national mourning.
“Through his military and political career, Mubarak made undeniable achievements and sacrifices,” the state-run al-Aharm newspaper eulogized Mubarak in its editorial Wednesday.
Mubarak ruled Egypt for 30 years until he resigned following mass protests in 2011.
In power, Mubarak promoted Middle East peace and, from 2004, backed economic liberalization measures that delivered sturdy growth.