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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hosni Mubarak Resigns, Egypt Euphoric | 12 Feb 2011 - ABC News AU


Egypt is under military rule following the resignation of president Hosni Mubarak overnight which saw celebrations sweep across Egypt and the world.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces effectively sealed the fate of the leader yesterday when it issued a statement broadcast on state television that it was taking measures to support the legitimate demands of the people.

Eighteen days of protests instantly turned to celebration when vice president Omar Suleiman announced the resignation on national television.

Opposition figures including Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei and Ayman Nour praised Mr Mubarak's departure, as did the hitherto banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, 75, will sack the cabinet, suspend parliament and co-opt judges from the Supreme Court to rewrite the constitution in what some are calling a coup by consensus.

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