Tag Archive: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh

EGYPT/Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s Last Pharaoh. Fear of assasinations (part 5)

PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat stands apart as (from L to R) Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Perez, Russian Foreign Minister Andre Kozyrev, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak try and persuade Arafat to sign the Cairo document after a dispute broke out over the map marking the boundaries of Jericho. 4th of May, 1994. Ph. Norbert Schiller

Ever since Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, was gunned down while watching a military parade in Cairo, on 6th of October 1981, by Islamic militants, opposed to the Israeli Egyptian peace deal, there was this underlying fear that more assassinations, in Egypt, were eminent.  Nobody was more aware of this, than Sadat’s Vice President, and successor, Hosni Mubarak, who happened to be by Sadat’s side when he was murdered.

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EGYPT/Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s Last Pharaoh (part 1)

Up until this past February it would have been unthinkable to imagine that Egypt’s president for nearly 30 years (and clearly one of the strongest Arab leaders) could possibly wind up in the very same prison where so many of his critics have been locked up. Baffling turn of events, to say the least! President Hosni Mubarak was no ordinary leader and up until recently he was able to triumph over every obstacle to his rule by simply using force or skillful negotiations. His unorthodox ways didn’t matter to anyone on the outside, least of all to his two staunchest supporters, the Americans and the Israelis, as long as he maintained the peace treaty signed by his predecessor, Anwar Sadat.

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