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Friday, 11 February 2011

Egypt - Mubarak Resigns

It's been an exciting few weeks, and an even more exciting couple of days for the people of Egypt.

Finally, Hosni Mubarak has resigned as President of Egypt. The announcement was met with cheers and celebration from those that have spent many days ensuring that he no longer had power.
Mubarak was the 4th President of Egypt, and was in power since 1981. It took 18 days of protesting to finally get Hosni to stand down. The BBC claims that Mubarak has survived six assasination attempts during his reign.

Many believed that Mubarak was going to announce it was announced that he would make a speech late thursday night(10/02/11). However, Hosni refused to step down and 'give in to foriegn pressure'. Instead, the now former president opted to transfer some power to his deputy Prime Minister Omar Suleiman. But it seems, the only responsibility he handed to Suleiman was to announce the presidents resignation, and leaving power with the army.

Mubarak's refusal to step down sooner had angered the protesters further on thursday night as they waved their shoes in the air and chanted things like 'He must leave'. With fears of violence erupting through Egypt, it was no surprise that Mubarak had finally seen sense. One journalist on Aljazeeras english news channel suggested it could have become 'One of the most violent revolutions in the history of the world'.

President Obama spoke of the transition of power, stating that i would not yet be clear if it
is 'immediate, meaningful or sufficient'.
The president went on to say it 'is the responsibility of the government to speak clearly to the Egyptian people and the world'

To follow the build up to is announcement as well as videos and pictures, i recommend the bbc website.


'...the future of Egypt will be determined by the Egyptian people...'
President Barack Obama


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