Friday, February 11, 2011

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Steps Down

Another Arab dictatorship has been heaved onto the ash bin of history by two-and-a-half weeks of continuous protests. Now comes the effort to make sure it is not replaced by a different one, but a legitimate Western style democracy.

"Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and handed control of the country to the military, Vice President Omar Suleiman said Friday in an address on state television.

The announcement touched off a wave of jubilation throughout Cairo's Tehrir Square, where tens of thousands of anti-government protesters had gathered demanding Mubarak's ouster hours after he failed to do so in an address on Thursday.

"In these difficult circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave the position of the presidency," Suleiman said. He has commissioned the armed forces council to direct the issues of the state."

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