President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt turned over all power to the
military, and left the Egyptian capital for his resort home
in Sharm el-Sheik, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced on
state television on Friday.
The announcement, delivered during evening prayers in Cairo,
set off a frenzy of celebration, with protesters shouting
“Egypt is free!”
The Egyptian military issued a communiqué pledging to carry
out a variety of constitutional reforms in a statement
notable for its commanding tone. The military’s statement
alluded to the delegation of power to Vice President Omar
Suleiman and it suggested that the military would supervise
implementation of the reforms.
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and the vice president has named a military council to run the country’s affairs, state television said on Friday after 18 days of mass protests against his rule.
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