Revolution: Crowds Jubilant After Mubarak Steps Down
February 11, 2011
(ChattahBox World News)–Today, history is being made in Egypt as the world watches. It took only 17-days of determined protests in the streets to topple an entrenched dictatorial regime. A brief announcement on Egypt’s state run TV announced early this evening in Egyptian time that President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down. The crowds pouring into Cairo’s Tahrir Square and in front of the Presidential Palace erupted in cheers, jubilation and dancing in the streets upon hearing the news. After their hopes were dashed last night for freedom from Mubarak’s oppressive regime, when he delivered a rambling defiant speech, in which he refused to step down from power, the Egyptian people are now besides themselves with joy.
The Egyptian people have been on an emotional roller coaster ride since yesterday, when it was expected that Mubarak would finally step down last night. An Egyptian military commander appeared before the protesters yesterday, declaring “All your demands will be met today.” When their demands were not met and Mubarak refused to step down, the crowds in Tahrir Square erupted in a rage, determined more than ever to organize yet another massive demonstration in the streets calling for Mubarak to leave.
Where is Mubarak now? News reports this morning say he left Cairo last night for an Egyptian resort town.
“The embattled ruler left the capital for the Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh. He is not expected to stay there indefinitely but will return to Cairo. Reports that he has fled the country for a safe haven elsewhere in the Arab world – or for medical care in Europe – are inaccurate, sources told CBS News.”
Whether Mubarak will remain in Egypt or seek a safe haven in a foreign country is not known.
The next pressing question: who is now in power in Egypt? The military? Vice President, Omar Suleiman? That question is still unsettled, but the answer appears to be both the military and Omar Suleiman will rule the country in a transition government until free elections are held in September.
Suleiman himself, announced on State TV that Mubarak was gone. “Mubarak has decided to step down as President of Egypt,” said Suleiman. He also said that power would be transferred to the “high council of the armed forces,” indicating that the military now holds most of the power and decision-making authority in the country.
The questions of power and authority will be answered in the coming days and months, but for now, the people of Egypt are experiencing freedom for the first time in decades, and there is no turning back now.
President Obama was informed this morning that Mubarak had decided to step down from power. Obama is expected to deliver a televised statement later today.