Mubarak Resigns, Hands Power To Egyptian Military
February 11, 2011, 10:26 AM
Egypt's vice president says Hosni Mubarak has resigned as president and handed control to the military.
Car horns were heard around Cairo in celebration after Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement on national TV on Friday.
"In these difficult circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave the position of the presidency," Suleiman said. "He has commissioned the armed forces council to direct the issues of the state."
Leading Egyptian democracy advocate Mohamed ElBaradei has cheered Mubarak's resignation.
"This is the greatest day of my life. The country has been liberated after decades of repression," he told The Associated Press.
He said he expects a "beautiful" transition of power.
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