At approximately 6pm Cairo time (11:00am EST), Omar Sulieman announced that Hosni Mubarak had resigned as the President of Egypt. The resignation ends 30 years of oppressive leadership and elitist handling of Egypt’s affairs.
The BBC published this transcript of Egyptian Vice President Sulieman’s announcement:
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. May God help everybody.
Early reports are that the military is taking over the leadership of the country until free and fair elections can be held. There are concerns that the Muslim Brotherhood may seek to create a theocracy like Iran’s or that the military may never cede control to the result of an election. The world watches.
Video of Tahrir square celebrating the announcement.
Live Stream of Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
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