Memories of Hosni Mubarak


Hosni Mubarak's life has been described as Shakespearean, the military man whose politician ascension was enabled by the assassination of another Anwar Sadat. His greatest humiliation would come with modern Egypt's greatest triumph, the demonstrations of the Arab Spring that forced him from power and saw him frail and hated, propped up on a stretcher at his own trial. And now as his successor is about to ascend, Hosni Mubarak returns to the headlines hovering near death. Today, we learn more about the Hosni Mubarak few understood.

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Memories of Hosni Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak didn't know when to quit as President of Egypt and he is clinging to life with the same tenacity. For hours last night, Egyptian doctors refused to confirm that the former President had died. He was "clinically dead", but not physically dead. His heart had stopped and he'd had a stroke, he was on life support and now he is reported to be in a coma, but off life support. Mr. Mubarak is now in a military hospital .. and out of the prison hospital where he had only just begun to serve a life sentence for his role in suppressing a revolt last year that saw more than 800 demonstrators killed.

His health deteriorated in prison. He appears to have suffered some kind of emotional breakdown as he watched his legacy crumble. Most of the public portraits of the former president were removed months ago.

And though his supporters remain anxious about him today, it is telling that those who took to the streets to oust Hosni Mubarak are less concerned about his fate and more concerned about their own political futures.

Memories of Hosni Mubarak - Son of opposition member, Ayman Nour

Noor Ayman Nour is the son of former presidential candidate and opposition member Ayman Nour, who was jailed after challenging the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in the 2005 elections, and spent 4 years behind bars for it. Nour Nour was only 14 at the time of his father's arrest.

Now, he's a 21 year old member of the No To Military Trials movement in Egypt, which has been working to raise public awareness of the 12,000 civilians, many of them activists, currently jailed by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). He was in Cairo today.

Noor Ayman Nour is the son of former presidential candidate and opposition member Ayman Nour, who was jailed after challenging former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in the 2005 elections

Memories of Hosni Mubarak - Winner of 2011 Press Freedom Award

For a little more perspective from Egypt we reached the winner of the 2011 Press Freedom Award from the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. Mohamed Abdelfattah was in Cairo.

Memories of Hosni Mubarak - Former US ambassador to Egypt

For almost four years Hosni Mubarak was one of the most important people in Daniel Kurtzer's life. As the US ambassador to Egypt from 1997 until 2001 he knew the Egyptian leader up close and personal. Daniel Kurtzer joined us from Princeton, New Jersey.

This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal and Pacinthe Mattar.

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