“Triumph as Mubarak quits,” Al Jazeera proudly splashed on their homepage. “His resignation,” The Washington Post wrote, “sparked joyful pandemonium in Cairo and across the country, but the next steps for Egypt were unclear as the armed forces took control and gave little hint of how they intended to govern.”
Hosni Mubarak resigned as Egypt’s President, Friday, handling power to the Military. Egypt’s Vice President Omar Suleiman addressed his people, Friday. “In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic. He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state. God is our protector and succor.”
There is a lot of awesome images coming from Tahrir Square. Thousands of protesters celebrated in Cairo and Alexandria as soldiers look on.
BBC’s John Leyne reports: “Around Cairo, drivers are honking their horns in celebration and guns are being fired into the air. The huge crowds are rejoicing. However, the army takeover looks very much like a coup. The constitution has been breached. Officially, the speaker of parliament should be taking over. Instead it is the army leadership. Egypt moves into a very uncertain future.”
Egyptian defense minister, field marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi heads the military council, a military source tells Reuters. The military will suspend upper and lower house of Egypt’s parliament.
On Twitter, the Uninstalling Dictator meme finally stopped stalling and reached 100 percent.
The New York Times described it as, “History upends icon of stability.”
“There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place,” The American President Barack Obama remarked from the Grand Foyer at the White House. “This is one of those moments. This is one of those times. The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same.”
Photo credit: Huffington Post/AP, Videos by Al Jazeera
Original version of this report, “Mubarak finally steps down.”