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Report: Mubarak says Egypt’s ‘real uprising’ began in 2005, not 2011

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Egypt’s former President Hosni Mubarak has reportedly said the country’s 2011 uprising that ousted him from power had initiated in 2005 and was instigated by Washington, an Egyptian newspaper reported on Sunday.

Citing leaked recordings in which Mubarak can allegedly be heard, Egypt’s independent Youm 7 newspaper published excerpts of the recordings.

Mubarak had stepped down in 2011 following the 18-day uprising against his 30-year rule. He was placed under house arrest last month and is still pending charges of complicity in the deaths of protesters in 2011.

The former president was quoted by the newspaper as saying that the U.S. fabricated a rumor about his son Gamal Mubarak, which spread the news that he wanted to succeed his father's rule.

The paper quoted Mubarak as saying that the alleged rumor caused his son to come under heavy criticism.

Mubarak also allegedly commented on the current situation in Egypt, saying that he thought Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood until he proved him wrong.

Sisi overthrew Islamist President Mohammad Mursi in July, following mass protests against Muslim Brotherhood rule. He had previously served as Mubarak's military intelligence chief.

Mubarak also reportedly said in the recordings that Egypt’s next president must be from the military.

The ousted leader has also accused supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood of receiving money to hold sit-in protests in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, which was dispersed last month in a deadly military crackdown.

He also thinks that Sinai has been “ruined” after the deposed Mursi released “terrorist” prisoners in the country.

He also said that Mursi supporters and Muslim Brotherhood protesters will end their demonstrations once the “terrorists” are re-arrested.

“[Former Interior Minister] Habib el-adly used to arrested arrest 2000 of them and everything would calm down,” Mubarak was quoted as saying, referring to the minister who is now in prison facing charges of corruption.

“If he was out of prison now he would take care of everything in three days,” Mubarak was also quoted as saying.

The former president was also quoted as saying that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had once offered to resettle Gazans in Sinai but that he refused.

“Netanyahu suggested to me that we relocate those Gazans to Sinai, but I refused and told him to forget it, neither I nor anyone bigger than me will be able to mess with the Egypt’s borders,” he was quoted as saying by Youm 7.