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Less than 24 hours after saying he would NOT resign, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is stepping down.
VICE PRESIDENT OMAR SULEIMAN: “I, President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak, has decided to step down as president of the Egypt. And has assigned the higher council of the armed forces to run the affairs of the country.” (CNN)
The news -- delivered by the country’s vice president -- led to jubilant celebration throughout Tahrir Square.
“It is pandemonium in these streets, it is an electrifying feel. About 25 minutes ago this roar went up that could be heard throughout the city, car horns started beeping -- these are people for thirty years who have lived under a strong man dictator and finally today they have tasted freedom.” (Fox News)
But what gives with Mubarak’s change of heart? A correspondent for CBS says we can’t be sure, but notes -- he probably would’ve preferred being forced out by the military.
“He’s a steely-eyed military man and I think most people agree that he just could not face the indignity of being forced off. ... Mubarak said to his aides, ‘I’m not going to step down for the riff-raff in Tahrir Square. If you want me out of here, you will have to organize a coup.”
Mubarak’s departure has left the Egyptian military in charge, and leaves lots of questions about what happens next. A correspondent for NBC wonders if the power vacuum could backfire...
“How this uprising will develop over the next year or two -- whether the Muslim Brotherhood will rise again, that remains to be seen. The Muslim Brother hood is a powerful organization. It now will have the ability to express itself and join politics. That could fundamentally change how Egyptian foreign policy is.”
...and an analyst from the Brookings Institute tells Bloomberg, it’s important to remember: the military might not be any better than Mubarak.
“A military coup is not the same thing as democracy, and that’s what we have here -- the military is taking over. That doesn’t mean that the protesters’ demands are going to be met immediately. The military is not a pro-democracy organization. Omar Suleiman, the vice president who may become the president now, does not have much democratic credentials.”
But the Wall Street Journal reports, the military released a statement over Egypt’s state television to ease such worries...
"We stay committed to the people's demands and to ensure that they are realized, and to the peaceful transition of power.”
Though the protests have largely been considered peaceful, the United Nations estimates 300 people have died in the 18-day revolution.
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