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Who Is Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CAIRO) -- The ongoing protests in Egypt revolve around the regime of one man, who has ruled the country for 30 years while operating as one of the United States' strongest allies in the Middle East -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak served as vice president of Egypt beginning in 1975, but was thrust onto the international stage when President Anwar El-Sadat was assassinated during a parade in Cairo in 1981.

A former bomber pilot and head of the Egyptian air force, Mubarak continued Egypt's friendly relationship with the United States once he became the country's fourth president. Relations between the United States and Egypt strengthened under his leadership. Egypt joined the U.S. in the first Gulf War, providing crucial access to the Suez Canal and assisting in fighting Islamic terrorists, especially al Qaeda.

For over a decade, Mubarak has not served alongside a vice president, but Saturday, he appointed Omar Suleiman, the country's intelligence chief and a long term confidant of the president, to the post.

Regardless of the amiable relationship between the United States and Egypt, all five American presidents Mubarak has dealt with have prodded him to make Egypt a more democratic country. The United States has sent billions of dollars in aid to the 82-year-old Mubarak over the years but never demanded democracy in return for this assistance.

As more Egyptians join the call for Mubarak to leave, many around the world have joined in solidarity to support the people of Egypt. 

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