'Egypt Is Free!': Mubarak Finally Resigns
Protesters celebrate vice president's surprise announcement
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2011 10:15 AM CST
A 1985 file photo of Hosni Mubarak.   (AP Photo/Scott Stewart, File)

(Newser) – A new sound in Tahrir Square today: jubilation. President Hosni Mubarak finally resigned as protesters incensed over his refusal to do so yesterday brought Egypt to a dangerous tipping point. The news came via a brief televised statement from VP Omar Suleiman, reports CNN: "In these difficult circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave the position of the presidency," Suleiman said. Mubarak handed over temporary authority to the military.

The news immediately set off celebration among protesters in Tahrir Square and elsewhere with chants of "Egypt is free!" and "We have brought down the regime," notes al-Jazeera. The news came as demonstrators marched on the presidential palace and state television buildings. Mubarak had reportedly left Cairo earlier this morning.

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DontLikeYou___
Feb 12, 2011 7:40 AM CST
'Egypt Is Free!': Mubarak Finally Resigns What kind of moron believes that enough to use it in a headline?! Egypt is most certainly NOT free. Mubarak has resigned. The Egyptian military is in power. They traded a despot for a military dictatorship by council. What fools and what folly our American liberals are pursuing by claiming this as a victory. Jimmy Carter would be proud of you for cheering the new dictatorship and for being so naive.
Bartmaeus
Feb 12, 2011 3:45 AM CST
Mubarak was the figurehead of the military dictatorship, which has ruled Egypt for 60 years. Are they any more free now? Same regime is in power.
persimmone
Feb 12, 2011 2:17 AM CST
Congratulations to the people of Egypt! I have been praying along with you guys,and hope your next government will be based on democracy. And please maintain amicable relations with Israel!