Egypt crisis: Hosni Mubarak steps down


Omar Suleiman said Mr Mubarak, who earlier left Cairo for Sharm el-Sheikh, has handed control to the military.
Car horns were heard around the capital in celebration following the announcement.
Crowds in Cairo's Tahrir Square chanted: "The people have brought down the regime."
"In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic," Mr Suleiman said. "He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state. God is our protector and succor."
Mohammed ElBaradei, one of Egypt's key opposition leaders, said: "This is the greatest day of my life.

After 30 years of power, amidst 18 days of protest, Hosni Mubarak has finally stepped down and handed power to the Military. This is so far the second instance of the ousting of an Arab leader in the Middle East in recent months.

But as with Tunisia, the same questions still remain, 'what happens next?'

The next stage is as tenuous, as we continue to look on and see what the outcome of Mubarak's departure will be, hoping that the Military will help the transition to a fair, democratic rule led only by the Egyptians.

The Power of Protest has been realised. But Those Who Fought, did not do so in vain. Hope for ALL remains and is strengthened.

*YOU Can make ‚ÄéChange* << no crisis in Cairo.


Zeenat Islam

For those who are refuse to believe in the power of people; solidarity, unity and perserverence- the brave, courageous people of Egypt, today, taught you the biggest lesson.

11 February 2011 delete
Rahima Begum

enough passion and unconditional resistance, and you can tip the imbalance!!
Amazing victory

12 February 2011 delete
Nadia Hussain

It will be interesting to see how the role of the military will change in the coming weeks. Though the military are viewed more favourably by the Egyptian people, it can be argued that the military have always been in a position of great power and were at least the strength behind Hosni, who was once an Air Force chief. So how different will the rule really be? And as we have seen with other military junta's, relinquishing power has never been an easy task.

12 February 2011 delete
Abdul Kadir

The power in Middle East nations lies not with the rulers, but with the military establishments who support, endorse and maintain them. Take Turkey for example, where the Government is held hostage by a secular military force which continues to threaten the Justice and Development Party with removal should it try to enforce laws contrary to the secular wishes of the military - even if such laws are passed through a referendum vote of "the People". For example, the banning of the Hijab which the elected party tried to overturn. In response, the party was threatened with closure by a Supreme Court backed by the military. Democratic? I think not.

Worse still, how about Algeria in 1991 when the first multi-party elections since independence were cancelled by a military coup after the first round? Why? Because the elected party was deemed to be far too religious - despite their overwhelming "democratic" win in an election with nearly 60% turnout.

With the same military in power now as before, I am doubtful that the future of Egypt will be a free liberated one. This "revolution" is only revolutionary in the sense that the Arab people are beginning to realise their own political destiny and their own strength. The only problem is that the military knows this too, and has calculated its response carefully in order to pacify this strength.

Test case: If the Muslim Brotherhood were to campaign with Shariah Law as its mandate and win an election, would the military accept the will of the People and grant Egypt the "independence" it seeks?

12 February 2011 delete
Abdul Kadir

Negotiations have broken down between Islamists, liberals and the government over principles giving the army exclusive authority over its internal affairs and budget...

The proposal "has ignited a dangerous crisis in Egyptian political society for containing articles that rob the people's sovereignty ... representing a coup against the the principles and aims of the January 25 revolution," the Brotherhood said.

16 November 2011 delete