Freedom Comes To Egypt…The Military Takes Control
Bowing to the will of the Egyptian people, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down Friday and handed over power to the military, ending his nearly three decades of iron-clad rule ended by a groundswell of popular protests that began January 25.(Source)
Several hundred thousand protesters massed in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square exploded into joy, waving Egyptian flags, and car horns and celebratory shots in the air were heard around the city of 18 million in joy after Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement on national TV just after nightfall.
As the military in Egypt takes power, the United States is hoping years of joint exercises with its armed forces pays off. Egyptian military officials have trained with their U.S. counterparts and top commanders keep close contact.
Mubarak had sought to cling to power, handing some of his authorities to Suleiman while keeping his title. But an explosion of protests Friday rejecting the move appeared to have pushed the military into forcing him out completely.(Source)
Speaking Friday afternoon, after delaying his remarks for 90 minutes, Obama hailed the victory of the Egyptian protesters, saying: “There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. This is one of those moments. This is one of those times. The people in Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same.”(Huffpo)
I am happy for the Egyptian people, and wish them well in the future.