President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt has decided to step down as President of his embattled country. Reports were that he had already left Cairo and the presidential palace via helicopter and was in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.
The crowds gathered in all parts of the country went into an uproar. The message was delivered via State tv ten minutes ago at 6:07 p.m. Egyptian time. The chants of ‘We are Free Now’ and “We brought down the regime” are deafening at Liberation Square and mark the end to Mubarak’s thirty-year presidency. Now the rest of the Middle East and the world waits to see what will happen.
Mubarak has handed over the leadership of the country to the military according to the country’s Vice President Omar Suleiman. Earlier today Mubarak had left the palace and gone to an estate he owns in the town of Sharm el-Sheikh by the Red Sea but had not handed over power. Now the largest Arab nation is being run by the ‘security council’ of the military, and the White House has not issued a statement except to say they were not given any advanced warning of today’s announcement.
In a prepared statement read by Vice President Suleiman the President simply said he had decided to step down and hand power over.