Mubarak denied intention to pass down presidency to his son: Lamis Gaber

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Wed, 26 Feb 2020 - 04:03 GMT

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak testifies during a court case accusing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi of breaking out of prison in 2011, in Cairo, Egypt, December 26, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak testifies during a court case accusing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi of breaking out of prison in 2011, in Cairo, Egypt, December 26, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO - 26 February 2020: Writer Lamis Gaber said that Mubarak denied that he had an intention to pass down the presidency to his son, adding that US promoted for that idea in Egypt.

When Gaber asked late President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak about his feeling in prison, Mubarek responded, "I do not care where I sleep. I slept on the sand several times."

Gaber’s remarks came during her phone call with presenter Said Ali on Al-Hadath Al-Yom channel on Tuesday. Gaber said, "Mubarak told me, 'If I wanted my son Gamal to be president, I would have made him join the Military Academy to help me, but I never thought about this.'"

Mubarak passed away on Tuesday at the age of 91. Egypt’s President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi arrived Wednesday at El-Mosheer Tantawy Mosque to head the funeral prayer of former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak.

Other Egyptian political figures and members of the government attended the funeral, including Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly.

On Tuesday Feb. 25, the Cabinet, the Armed forces and the Presidency issued statements mourning the death of the former president.

"The presidency deeply mourns former President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak, as he served the country as a commander, and a hero of the great October War. Mubarak was commander of the Air Forces during the war that restored dignity and pride to the Arab nation," the presidency said in a statement, extending condolences to his family.

Egypt also declared a three-day national mourning starting from Feb. 26.

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