Rose Al-Youssef publishes anticipated memoir

First part of Hosni Mubarak autobiography released

GMT 13:49 2012 Tuesday ,13 March

Arab Today, arab today First part of Hosni Mubarak autobiography released

Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak in a military parades
Cairo - Akram Ali

Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak in a military parades Egyptian newspaper Rose Al-Youssef  has published the first part of former Egyptian president Hosni Mobarak's autobiography. Int he book, the ousted leader tells the story of his 30 years as Egyptian president, starting with the murder of his predecessor, president Anwar Al-Sadat up until February 11 2011, when he stepped down after the January 25 uprising swept the country last year.
Mubarak had been reportedly paid £10 million to write this autobiography by British publisher Canongate. In the first part, Mubarak speaksof his poverty-stricken childhood where he was a son of a governmental clerk who found it very hard to support his family as he had too many children. This situation pushed Mubarak's mother to send a proposal for the court to force her husband to cover his family's expenses.
Mubarak said the first remarkable change in his life was when he was joined the air force academy. His financial situation soon improved, but he was still forced to wear his official military uniform as he couldn't afford new clothes, causing him to be mocked among his friends. The former leader then spoke of the change in his social position as an officer in the Egyptian air force, his marriage to Suzanne Thabet, whom calls his "guide". He revealed that she demanded a divorce several times throughout their life until he became president. From that point on, he said she would never consider giving up her title as First Lady.
The now-under-trial politician also said that his predecessor Al-Sadat used to insult him several times, and he was considered a "slow learne" although he was appointed vice-president. Mubarak described the day of that appointment as "one of the happiest days of his life". He also admitted that Al-Sadat intended to sack him from his position by the end of 1981, but he was murdered shortly before taking the decision.
Mubarak also mentioned that he didn't disregard Libya's Muammar Gaddafi's role in the murders of the Lebanese Shiite leader Moussa Al-Sadr, the Libyan opposition figure Mansour Al-Kikhya, and Gamal Abd Al-Nasser's son-in-law, Ashraf Marawan.
He revealed that Al-Kikhya was considered a dangerous opposition to Gaddafi's regime, while Moussa Al-Sadr was always criticising Gaddafi's positions, which ldt to him being killed and his body thrown into the sea. Ashraf Marawan was allegedly involved with some of Gaddafi's sons in a weapons deal for an African country. However, they didn't reach an agreement with him about the shares, so they decided to get rid of him.
Mubarak also revealed that Gaddafi had planned an escape operation for Al-Sadat's murderers as he considered them heroes for killing his enemy, after Al-Sadat performed an airstrike against Benghazi in the late 1970s.  

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