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Hosni Mubarak and Suzanne Mubarak 2006

TRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend presidential dinner with president of Egypt Hosni Mubarak and his wife Suzanne Mubarak on March 21, 2006 in Cairo, Egypt.

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Here is information about the May-December marriage of Hosni and Suzanne Mubarak.

News Updates:

6/19/2012: Although there are conflicting reports about the condition of his health, according to Egypt's state news agency MENA, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had a stroke and cardiac arrest and reportedly doctors declared him clinically dead. Other reports mentioned Mubarak being in critical condition and others that he is on life support.

6/02/2012: Cleared of corruption charges but sentenced to life in prison for the death of protesters, former Egypt President Hosni Mubarak will appeal the verdict.

5/13/2011: Egyptian authorities say they will move Suzanne Mubarak, Egypt's ex-first lady, to a women's prison in Cairo after she is released from a hospital in Sharm El-Sheikh. She reportedly passed out when she heard she was to be detained over corruption allegations against her. Hosni Mubarak is being treated at the same hospital.

2/11/2011: Amid signs of jubilation and cheers of celebration from protesters in Tahrir Square, word was received that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak left Cairo and will step down from power. He reportedly is headed for Sharm el-Sheik, his resort home.

Born:

Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak aka Hosny Mubarak: May 4, 1928 in Kahel-el-Meselha, a village in the Al-Menoufiyah governorate, in Egypt.

Suzanne Saleh Thabet aka Suzanne Saleh Sabet: February 28, 1941 in the Al-Menya governorate, in Egypt.

How Suzanne and Hosni Met:

Hosni and Suzanne met in the late 1950s when she was 16 years old. Her brother was one of Hosni's academy students.
Suzanne: "I used to hear about Husni Mubarak three years before I met him. My brother was his student at the Air Force Academy."
Source: "State-owned Egyptian TV broadcasts documentary on Mubarak." BBC Monitoring. 8/24/2005. pg. 1.
Barbara Gamarekian: "Mrs. Mubarak ... met her husband when she was 16 and he was an officer in the Egyptian Air Force. Married at 17, she returned to school 10 years later, after the birth of their two sons ..."
Source: Barbara Gamarekian. "A Greater Role for Egypt's First Lady." NYTimes.com. 2/14/1988.

Wedding Information:

Suzanne and Hosni were married when she was 17 years old in 1958.

Children:

Hosni and Suzanne have two sons. In 2012 they were cleared of corruption charges.
  • Alaa Mubarak aka Ala-ud-din Muhammad Husni Sayyid Mubarak:
  • Gamal Mubarak aka Gamal-Edinn Muhammad Hosni Sayed Mubarak: Born December 27, 1963 in Heliopolis, Egypt.

Occupations:

Hosni Mubarak: President of the Arab Republic of Egypt since 1981. Hosni served in the Egyptian Air Force prior to entering politics.

Suzanne Mubarak: First Lady of Egypt, advocate for women and education, sociologist.

Residences:

Reports from various media state that the Mubarak family owns homes throughout the world. Some of the locations mentioned include:
  • Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
  • Heliopolis, Egypt.
  • Paris, France.
  • New York, New York, US.
  • London, England.
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Madrid, Spain.
  • Frankfurt, Germany.
  • Washington, D.C., US.

Quotes About the Marriage of Suzanne and Hosni Mubarak:

Hillary Clinton: "Hosni and Suzanne Mubarak are an impressive couple."
Source: Hillary Rodham Clinton. Living History. 2003. pg. 252.

John Solecki: "During the early years of their marriage, Mubarak was away from home for much of the time. She recalls 'the feeling of seeing him packing up in the middle of the night to go on a mission...'"
Source: John Solecki. Hosni Mubarak. 1990. pg. 58.

Suzanne on polygamy: "I do not believe that in Egypt we can prohibit it [polygamy] by law. Polygamy cannot be prevented by force, but through education. It will cease when men realize that marriage is sacred ... I am astonished how a man can have a wife and a family, and another wife and another family ... I don't understand ... Honestly, this logic is incomprehensible."
Source: "Egyptian First Lady Suzanne Mubarak." Al-Arabiya TV. 3/8/2007. 0:22.

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