It was a historic moment in Egypt's history - Hosni Mubarak stepped down after 30 years as the country's president on Friday in the face of unprecedented street protests. We look back at his three decades in power.
In an unprecedented moment in the history of the Egyptian republic, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced on state TV on Friday that Hosni Mubarak had decided to step down as Egypt’s president and hand power to the minister of defence and army chief, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.
Mubarak’s resignation comes after 18 days of nonstop demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and in cities across Egypt.
Mubarak has been described as disciplined and hardworking, but without charm. He officially came to power after Sadat’s assassination in 1981. Known as the “rais”, or “chief” in Arabic, Mubarak’s reign lasted for the next 30 years.
Egyptian has not been entirely free from terrorist attacks on its soil, but thanks to his regime’s remarkable political stability,Mubarak's mediation helped solve some of the worst regional crises, including several around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Date created : 2011-02-11