Mubarak steps down

2011-02-11 18:09

Cairo - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and the vice president has named a military council to run the country's affairs, state television said on Friday after 18 days of mass protests against his rule.

A ruling party official said earlier that Mubarak and his family had left Cairo for the glitzy Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh where there is a presidential residence. He added that this proved Mubarak had handed powers to deputy Omar Suleiman.

In the morning, Egypt's powerful military gave guarantees that promised democratic reforms would be carried out but angry protesters intensified an uprising against Mubarak by marching on the presidential palace and mobbing the state television hub.

The army's gesture was an effort to defuse an 18-day-old revolt unprecedented in modern Egypt but, in ignoring the key demand of protesters for Mubarak's ouster now, it failed to stop turmoil disrupting the economy and rattling the Middle East.

Mubarak had promised only that he would not for re-election in September and that he would preside over reforms until then.

This was not enough for the many hundreds of thousands of mistrustful protesters who rallied in cities across the Arab world's most populous and influential country on Friday, fed up with high unemployment, a corrupt elite and police repression.

The escalating confrontation has raised fear of uncontrolled violence in the most populous Arab nation, a key US ally in an oil-rich region where the chance of chaos spreading to other long stable but repressive states troubles the West.

  • MP3 - 2011-02-11 18:14

    YAY, what kind of President blocks internet access anyway... What a tyrant.

      MP3 - 2011-02-11 18:14

      This one is for you Mubarak:

      Madelane - 2011-02-11 18:56

      There are politicians here who want to muzzle the press......see the similarity?

      rade8408 - 2011-02-11 19:11

      fair enough I suppose, first the media then the internet. fairly logical progression.

  • lmduplessis - 2011-02-11 18:14

    Great! Now what?

      Mxhuma - 2011-02-11 18:37

      There is always the fear that a vacuum might have been created. I guess whoever comes in has to be someone who is anti Israel. Whow! I can almost hear someone saying no, you are wrong, "this is not about Israel but about the Egyptian people wanting to be free." Sorry, I really do not think it ends there. Yes that is an element of it!

      rade8408 - 2011-02-11 19:28

      The riots were also fairly anti-american in the beginning. Then suddenly the USA starts supporting the protestors and abandon thier decades long ally. They just want the next guy in to not be a muslim extremist ala Iran. I think whoever is picked next, America will have a hand. And where America has power, Isreal has power.

  • Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-11 18:14

    Great news, now the nation can prepare for proper elections and a proper democracy for the first time in its history.

  • Perfume - 2011-02-11 18:16

    I applaud the Egyptians for not backing down, hope the those from Zim will take a page out of their book!!!!

      martin doubell - 2011-02-11 18:26

      They would need a backbone for that

      Perfume - 2011-02-11 18:48

      Lets hope they grow some b@lls

  • rammstein.f4n - 2011-02-11 18:17

    People should not be afraid of their government; Governments should be afraid of their people.

      Uncle Spud - 2011-02-11 19:33

      Well said my man. Are you listening Zuma?

      sellokobe83 - 2011-02-12 13:07

      I could not have said it better myself!! Watch and learn Zuma..

  • Perfume - 2011-02-11 18:27

    Best news, now I can have an AWESOME weekend

  • Casper - 2011-02-11 18:29

    Watch and learn South Africans!

      avniekerk123 - 2011-02-12 04:32

      Learn what?

  • CubanGorilla - 2011-02-11 18:35

    Wake up call for ANC government?

      rainerator - 2011-02-11 22:02

      Um, no. The majority of the people in SA actually voted for the ANC, unlike in Egypt. A few more empty promises and free t-shirts will get the masses to vote for the ANC again.

      avniekerk123 - 2011-02-12 04:27

      Why, what's going to happen? are we going to see hordes of Ossewa and the good old volk protesting outside the Union Buildings? You make me laugh!

  • feppie - 2011-02-11 18:36

    As a South African who fought a police state/dictatorship for decades, I feel so proud of the People's Power displayed by the Egyptians! Today I'm Egyptian! Viva Egypt! Viva! Viva People's Power, Viva!

      Grant - 2011-02-11 19:08

      Lets just hope they dont end up with a Jacob Zuma type fool running the show now though!

  • Lestor - 2011-02-11 18:46

    I hope this won't backfire. The people wanted him gone and he is gone which is good, but this is just the beginning of a struggle in Egypt, it will just change form now.

  • Perfume - 2011-02-11 18:58


      Singo - 2011-02-11 19:23

      about what?

  • shaunkd - 2011-02-11 19:00

    @imdup, my thoughts too. Now prep for change, no controlled take-over. Boom, who's that google fellow...oh, next President.

  • scipio - 2011-02-11 19:04

    Funny to see all these chops rejoicing. You guys have no idea what's going on in egypt apart from some uninformed news articles do you? Things will only get worse from this point forward. Sure Mubarak was a chop, But the same people who served beneath him, is still running the show behind the curtains. Democracy in Egypt? Don't think so hey

      Lestor - 2011-02-11 19:22

      I agree with you to a certain point. Yes this is just the beginning but the fact that they forced him out shows they can force the government into doing what they want. In truth he is likely the decoy, they are throwing him to the wolves so the rest of the government can stay in place. Whether or not they leave is the real question. Not that that will automatically make Egypt a wonderful place.

  • leerobbertse - 2011-02-11 19:26

    Egypt ...... twitter, face book, Sky news, BBC, or the people of Egypt, who toppled the government. who is the real winners here? did the money men taken over the government in the name of democracy, without a bullet or is it the will of the people. Hope it will be a better place for all the people who live there. Unlike South Africa.

      avniekerk123 - 2011-02-12 04:30

      If u can't accept black rule, hit the road china!

  • Sentor - 2011-02-11 19:31

    Remember our own history. The people got rid of Apartheid and now have the ANC...this is driving us into a failed state so what good is a franchise without an economy, health and education? The advantage the Egyptians have is that the young do have an education, however this does not necessarily translate into wisdom, I can only hope for their sake that Mubarak is not replaced by another suppressive regime, led by the military. Mubarek and his gang will have created huge wealth during his "reign" are the new lot going to take over the business empire or are they going to protect Mubarak's men? Civilization requires law and order, it needs structures and rules. If there is one thing we should learn is that governments should not stay in power too long and should have limited power.

  • Brendon - 2011-02-11 19:34

    WW3 here we come, hold onto your arses!

      rade8408 - 2011-02-11 19:45


  • marcanthonytaylor - 2011-02-12 06:41

    No doubt that good old United States of Aggression is concerned about events in Egypt as well as in the countries that will follow, it is losing its power, it will obviously do what it can to arrange an appropriate replacement and I'm sure the US administration will be delighted with their new bitch. ' You can't change the world but you can change the facts, when you change the facts you change points of view, when you change points of view you may change the vote. When you change the vote you can change the world.'

  • Helen - 2011-02-12 07:31

    My thoughts exactly, Perfume. I find the difference between Nilotic Africans and the Negroid Africans most interesting. The Nilotics have stood up and said, Enough of this repression, whereas those totally repressed and suffering Zimbabweans just keep on putting up with the abuse.

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