Uninstalling dictator… 100 percent complete! Mubarak resigns

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.”

Karen Ang

A plebeian who is trying to make small changes in this world.

  • UP nn grad

    A reason an Egyptian-type Tahrir Square Jan 25 Revolution will not happen in Pilipinas anytime soon is this — many of Pilipinas youth leaders (youth — 35 yrs below) — are invested in existing oligarchy-leaders. The 36-years above? Much more so.

  • To actually witness a genuine uprising all sparked by the struggle of a simple fruit vendor’s fight for justice that sparked an upheaval that toppled an autocratic government is amazing. For those that still do not believe in the amazing struggle for human dignity and human rights, no matter what class, color and creed. This is proof positive.

    The enlightenment philosophers called it our natural right as human beings.

    This lowly fruit vendor fought for his rights and killed himself when he was faced with a brick wall that was the government.

    Mohamed Bourazzi now rests with the angels.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/12/egypt-cairo-street-protests-tunisia-mubarak-obama

  • Egypt is a fascinating place. Never has so much rock been stacked in such amazing shapes and etched with historical hyrogliphic puzzles. Egypt has a robust middle class, well educated and prominent around the world. The people think well conceptually and they have a great sense of humor. I’m thinking the country will not succomb to Muslim extremism, although Muslim values will be prominent in the new government’s acts.

  • UP nn grad

    boy…. those Egyptians are fast. They are already asking for a re-write of their Constitution!!! Amazing!

    Now that would really be amazing if EDSA-Uno—Pilipinas catches up with that thought.

  • manuelbuencamino

    Mubarak is not yet gone. He will be succeeded by his idiot son, Gamal W. Mubarak. (Gamal Dubya Mubarak) – adapted from Letterman

  • Bert

    The domino falling: Tunisia, Egypt, then Palestine, then Saudi Arabia, then Lebanon. Iran must be thanking Pres. Obama, the Islamic Revolution is advancing. At last.

    Israel…your time to dry your nuclear powder.

    I am the prophet of doom.

  • Just a word of caution, in the midst of all the euphoria, Egypt’s military which has been the instrument of repression is still in charge. The dictator may be gone, but what will follow in his wake is not yet clear.

    http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/02/10/what-will-the-egyptian-military-do/the-us-should-use-its-leverage

    • Cocoy

      Yep. Exactly.

    • The police are the main heavy-handed troops in Egypt, but were embarassed by the press when they tried the thuggish, rock-throwing intimidation of the pro-Democracy protestors, and were revealed for what they are. The Army has been consistently restrained and constructive, forming a benign barrier between the pro-Mabarak thugs and the protestors, never raising an angry voice, and even participating in prayers. It is the leaning of the younger officers toward the protestors that may have pushed the generals to insist upon Mubarak’s resignation.

      Although the proof is in a pudding yet to be made, the early signs are that the military is interested in the well-being of Egypt, not power.