Former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, dies

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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has died, according to local media reports.

Mubarak served as Egypt’s fourth president starting in 1981 until his ouster in what became known as the Arab Spring revolution.

He was born in a rural village in the Nile Delta in 1928.

Mubarak, who died on Tuesday, left behind a complicated legacy.

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Mubarak’s rule was partly characterised by corruption, police brutality, political repression, and entrenched economic problems, Al Jazeera reports.

He joined the Egyptian air force in 1949, graduating as a pilot the following year. He rose through the ranks to become the commander-in-chief of the Egyptian air force in 1972.

Mubarak became a national hero the following year with reports that the Egyptian air force dealt a substantial blow to Israeli forces in Sinai during the Yom Kippur War.