Hosni Mubarak

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Hosni Mubarak is the current president of Egypt, and the fourth man to hold the office. He assumed office in October 1981 after the assassination of Anwar Sadat and has maintained the peace with Israel established under his predecessor.

Mubarak has been criticized for his persecution of the Coptic Church, and for his government's twenty nine year state of emergency, which allows him to imprison and hold his political opponents indefinitely without trial and cancel elections. During the presidency of George Bush, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice called for the state of emergency to be lifted and and the Mubarak regime to commit itself to democracy.

Since Barack Obama has become president, the United States has been less willing to criticize Egypt's lack of democracy.