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EGYPT PRESIDENT HOSNI MUBURAK STEPS DOWN…& Other African Countries With Long-Standing Presidents

Filed under : Africa, Entertainment, Politics

Hi my loves!

So history was made last week!

Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak, born 4 May 1928, the 4th President of Egypt, (1981 to 2011) would have been 83 years old this year! Mr. Hosni Muburak became the President of Egypt on 14 October 1981, following the assassination of former President Anwar El Sadat.

Mr. Mubarak served as President of Egypt for 29 years….would have been the dreaded 30years of Presidency on October 14th of this year!

So it was with much relief that Egypt’s Vice President Suleiman announced last week on Egyptian State TV that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and ceded power to the Egyptian Army.

Recap on the events that led to this historic event in African/Middle East politics:

According to Wikipedia:

The 2011 Egyptian revolution is a series of street demonstrations, marches, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes that began in Egypt on 25 January 2011, a day selected to coincide with the National Police Day. The protests were largest in Cairo and Alexandria, with significant activities in other cities of Egypt. At times over a million people were protesting to demand the overthrow of the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, an end to corruption and police repression, and democratic reforms of the political system.

The demonstrations and other actions in Egypt in this period were part of a campaign of civil resistance, a technique of struggle relying primarily on non-violent methods. On 11 February, Mubarak resigned from office as a result of determined popular protest. While localised protests had been common in previous years, the 2011 protests have been the largest demonstrations seen in Egypt since the 1977 Bread Riots and unprecedented in scope, drawing participants from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and religions.

Other African countries with long-standing (&/or somewhat troubling) Presidents include,

Zimbabwe —–>President Robert Mugabe who has been in power for over 30 years

Cameroon —–>President Paul Biya who has been in power since 6 November 1982

Equatorial Guinea —–> President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo who has been President since 1982

Angola —–> President José Eduardo dos Santos who has been President since 1979

Guinea-Bissau —–> President Joao Bernardo Vieira whose Presidency ran from 1980-1984 and 2005-present

Tunisia —–>President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali who has been President since 1987 

Sudan —–> President Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir who has been President since 1989

Chad —–> President Idriss Deby who has been President since 1990. He gained power in a coup & continues to suppress the opposition & press. 

Rwanda —–> President Paul Kagame has been President since 2000 and Vice-President from 1994-2000

The Gambia —->President Yahya Jammeh has been President since 1994

Central African Republic —–> President François Bozizé has been President since 2003


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