Saturday, February 12, 2011

IT'S A CELEBRATION BITCHES!: EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT MUBARAK STEPS DOWN AFTER 30 YEARS


Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down yesterday (February 11) and handed over power to the military after 30 years in office due to pressure from thousands of Egyptians protesters who launched a highly publicize protest on January 25, 2011, calling for Mubarak's resignation.



In a somber, one-minute announcement on state television, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced Mubarak's resignation and said the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will "run the affairs of the country."
As Suleiman spoke, deafening cheers erupted among tens of thousands of Egyptians who thronged the streets of Cairo. It was a moment they had sought throughout long, often tense days of demonstrations -- some of them violent -- that demanded Mubarak's departure.
Chants of "Egypt is free!" and "God is great!" rose from the crowds, dizzy in the honeymoon of their success. Some waved Egyptian flags; others honked horns; still others set off fireworks as they savored the scene. 
A source with close connections to Persian Gulf government leaders said Mubarak, 82, had fled to the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, his presidency finished as abruptly as it had started in 1981, when he ascended to power after the assassination of Anwar Sadat. CNN
I was really touched when while watching the news yesterday a reporter interviewed a 42-year-old Egyptian man that confessed he has never voted because he did not believe in the Egyptian political process. However, in light of witnessing this historical event, he plans to vote in future elections. 


I’m so happy for the people of Egypt!!! This story is so inspiring not just for other countries who are similarly politically situated, but to future generations across the world because it sends a message that ordinary people can come together to do EXTRAORDINARY things.



Photos courtesy of AFP/GettyImages

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