Nonviolent revolution in Egypt - Mubarak steps down
Nonviolent revolution in Egypt: President Hosni Mubarak stepped down today. It was announced by newly appointed vice president Omar Suleiman on State TV, and was translated on Al Jazeera English.
After 29 years in power, Mubarak handed control to the military. Crowds in central Cairoâ€™s Tahrir Square erupted in jubilation for minutes and minutes, which was captured on Al Jazeera English.
One opposition leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohammed ElBaradei, told the Associated Press it is "the greatest day of my life â€¦The country has been liberated after decades of repression."
Former WMNF reporter Aya Batrawy has been covering the pro-democracy uprising from the streets of Cairo during the last 18 days. She reports for Pacifica Radioâ€™s Free Speech Radio News and German Press Agency.
One of the first U.S. Senators to call for Mubarak to step down, Florida Democrat Bill Nelson issued a statement, saying in part, â€œPresident Mubarak rightly honored the Egyptian peopleâ€™s calls for freedom. All nations must now support an orderly, peaceful transition to democracy.â€ Vice President Joe Biden called Mubarakâ€™s resignation a historic day for Egyptâ€™s people.
People around the Arab world celebrated along with the people of Egypt. In the nearby Gaza Strip, WMNF reporter Pam Bailey tells us â€œThe streets are mobbed [with people] waving Egyptian and Palestinian and Hamas flags...Happiness is overflowing. â€¦ Everyone is out in the streets honking their horns and celebrating!â€
In Lebanonâ€™s capital, Beirut, fireworks broke out after Suleimanâ€™s announcement.
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information from the Associated Press was used in this report.