SA welcomes Mubarak resignation

2011-02-12 07:14

The South African government welcomed the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the Department of International Relations said yesterday evening.

“The latest events in Egypt represent a victory of the will of the people and mark the dawn of a new era of democracy in Egypt,” said spokesman Clayson Monyela.

“This development creates conditions for a transitional process that will pave the way for a democratic dispensation in Egypt.”

The ministry called on Egypt’s political formations to put a transitional authority in place that would restore stability and prepare for the holding of democratic elections.

“South Africa remains ready to support the transitional government in Egypt as it prepares to steer the country towards a new course of freedom and democracy,” he said.

The department urged the new government to maintain a peaceful co-existence with its neighbours, and to play a positive and constructive role in the Middle East.

Mubarak stepped down yesterday evening after three decades of autocratic rule. He handed power to a group of senior military commanders.

Egyptians began dancing and cheering on streets to celebrate his resignation.

Mubarak, a former air force commander, came to power after the 1981 assassination of his predecessor, Anwar Sadat, by Islamic radicals.

Throughout his rule, he resisted calls for reform in a country where 40% of the population live below the poverty line.

The people of Egypt took to the streets on January 25 and organised a mass movement.

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