Friday, 11 February 2011

President Hosni Mubarak resigns

In a television broadcast on State TV, Egypt's Vice President Omar Suleiman delivered the news of President Hosni Mubarak's resignation, and said that the power will be handed over to the military.

The announcement came on the eitghteen day of protests in Cairo. Protesters responded to the news of Mubarak's departure with cheers and chants: “The people have brought down the regime."

Suleiman said Mubarak has handed the power over to the high command of the armed forces. He said: "In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country."

According to government officials, Mubarak has left Egypt and is in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh where he has a residence.

Sources: The Guardian, Egypt Daily News, BBC News

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