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01/26/2011 10:14 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

What You Need To Know About President Hosni Mubarak

Since he stepped into office after the 1981 assassination of his predecessor Anwar Sadat, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has proved to be a far more durable leader than anyone could have imagined.

The now 82-year-old autocrat -- who has been slammed by Foreign Policy as "senile and paranoid" -- now faces violent and unprecedented protests from Egyptians who are said to have been inspired by the civilian overthrow of Tunisia's president. Among the demonstrators' many concerns: Mubarak's near-militant lockdown on political opposition for much of his nearly 30 years in power, as well as a lack of a designated successor.

Take a look at some facts about Mubarak's controversial rule here:

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