To visit his family.. Wael Ghonim’s return to Egypt after years of leaving the country

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Political activist Wael Ghonim has returned to Egypt, years after he left following the political developments that the country has witnessed since 2013.

And Wael Ghonim announced, through his Twitter account, on Saturday, that he would return to Egypt to visit his family.

Ghoneim wrote: “Praise be to God for his kindness and generosity… I arrived in Egypt on a family visit to my family and I am happy to be among my family, friends and loved ones… Thank you for all your beautiful messages and may God bless you for your love, respect and understanding.”

Ghoneim returned on an EgyptAir plane, and a paper containing his personal data showed that his visit was for a “temporary purpose.”

The name Wael Ghonim, who worked at Google, was associated with the “We are all Khaled Said” page, which appeared in mid-2010 after the death of the Alexandrian youth Khaled Said in a police station. Pictures show him being severely injured.

The page later contributed to mobilizing Egyptians to protest against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak on January 25, 2011, and the uprising ended with Mubarak’s announcement to step down on February 11.

Ghoneim was not known before these events, but he became a familiar face associated with the Egyptian revolution, especially after his arrest during the demonstrations and his appearance in a famous television interview in which he cried for the deaths during confrontations with the security forces.

In 2014, Ghoneim said that he had been away from the political scene since July 3, 2013, the date the army announced the overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, “so that he would not be a party to a strife in which the blood of Egyptians is spilled.”

Ghoneim said at the time that the decision came “after all my attempts failed, and my warnings and advice went unheeded to spare the Egyptians’ blood.”

The political activist stopped appearing until September 2019 when he spoke in videos to demand the release of his brother, doctor Hazem Ghoneim, who said he was arrested after comments about the political situation in the country on social media.

At that time, Wael Ghonim appeared with a shaven head and announced that he was prone to depression. He used profanity to respond to the insults of his critics. While Ghoneim criticized the government and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, he expressed his willingness to kiss his hand in order to strike a reconciliation in Egypt.

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