CAIRO — Egypt’s military took control of the country Friday as Hosni Mubarak finally resigned as president after 18 days of massive protests against his autocratic 30-year reign.
Mubarak’s resignation was announced by Vice President Omar Suleiman in a brief statement that brought roars of joy to Egyptians gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square — the epicenter of the protest movement — as well as the presidential palace in the suburb of Heliopolis and all around the country.
“We have brought down the regime, we have brought down the regime,” chanted the hundreds of thousands of people who packed into Tahrir Square for “Farewell Friday.”
They waved flags, cried, cheered and embraced when the news reached them through a public address system.
“In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic,” a grim-looking Suleiman said, speaking on state television.
“He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state. God is our protector and succor,” he added.
The news swept the country and Tahrir Square, home of the protest movement, erupted in celebration.
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