Egypt: TGIF

[Video Link] From Al Jazeera English: Scenes from Cairo, hours after president Hosni Mubarak ceded power to Egypt's military following 18 straight days of popular protest.

Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has resigned from his post, handing over power to the armed forces. Omar Suleiman, the vice-president, announced in a televised address on Friday that the president was "waiving" his office, and had handed over authority to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Suleiman's short statement was received with a roar of approval and by celebratory chanting and flag-waving from a crowd of hundreds of thousands in Cairo's Tahrir Square, as well as by other pro-democracy campaigners who attending protests across the country. The top figure in Egypt's new regime is now Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the country's defence minister.

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  1. These scenes are so beautiful and so emotional. I’m flashing back to the day The Wall fell in Berlin. Please, Egypt. Make it count.

    Awesome Tweet from the square:

    “RT @Port_Sa3eedy: #Mubarak Has Successfully Uninstalled.. ███████████████████ 100% Complete .. #Egypt Will Restart Automatically Now. #Jan25 #Tahrir “

  2. I hope the wake of this event doesn’t have the same ‘wave-form’ as the one which was left by the tear down of the Wall.

  3. Good to see countries in the Middle East re-booting and striving for equality. Congrats to Tunisia and Egypt. Fingers crossed for the rest of the region. Wouldn’t it me great to see Saudi Arabia surrounded by democracies? The people ignoring the loony mullahs?


  4. Personally I’m wishing for Algeria. It is a democracy but still has a very large opposition if that would take root then it may aswell spread North… heres to hope!

  5. I love it! I hope the Egyptian people get the government they have earned. America, at least, did not get in the way of a people freeing themselves from Autocracy. And as for our worries of what government they choose, what of it? We are dedicated to people’s choice in leadership. If they choose radical Islam so be it. It is their right!.

  6. well, they won’t have hoseknee to kick around anymore ;)

    specially made video in anticipation of this revolutionary moment… best song of the 21st century so far…

    no it’s time to get rid of shiek Al’Torture, Suleiman.

    1. Egypt has universal conscription. The military is the most credibly democratic institution they currently have.

    2. Well, their first acts were moves to dismantle the police state and move up the election schedule within the remaining constitutional framework as the unique circumstances allow, I’m not real sure why that’s so questionable. So far, from here, I see about 10 steps forward with maybe one step back. Maybe I’m missing something, but this all looks like improvement. Go Egypt. Aim high!

  7. > The top figure in Egypt’s new regime is now Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the country’s defence minister.

    Should have been the defiance minister.

  8. To paraphrase John Gilmore’s famous aphorism:

    “The Internet sees dictators as damage and routs them.”

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