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Mubarak resigns

Egyptian president reportedly leaves Cairo for the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Shaikh


 

After eighteen days of mass anti-government protests, violence and civil chaos, Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s beleaguered dictator, is giving up his post as president. Vice-President Omar Suleiman announced Mubarak’s departure via state television. “In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through,” said Suleman, “President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country.” Mubarak left Cairo on Friday for the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Shaikh, according to sources who spoke to Al Jazeera. Egypt’s army has said it will end the country’s state of emergency law, which came into effect 30 years ago in 1981, when Mubarak inherited power following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.

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Mubarak resigns

  1. I am in awe of the Egyptian protestors' bravery and determination. This is an historic step in their journey to true democracy.

    now if only Suleiman would follow his (now ex) boss's lead…

    • Absolutely – this is just fantastic news!
      Agree Suleiman is a bad choice however the military has agreed to play a role as well.

  2. Stand by for investment opportunity. Egypt's economy has been more or less stagnant with little spent on infrastructure. A new regime may go into a sharp building phase. Canadian companies should get ready…

  3. Poor Hosni Mubarak…..It's estimated he only managed to pilfer 70 BILLION (yes, with a B) from his countrymen over the course of 30 years.

    If you're curious, that works out to $6,392,694.06 PER DAY.

    Sheesh….and I thought the Liberals were bad.

    • fortunately, Switzerland has announced it is freezing his bank accounts

    • Of those 79 million Egyptian citizens, some are quoting that approximately 40% live on around $2.00 a day. Two dollars.I can't imagine that the bulk of his funds were come by honestly, but he can be allowed to attempt to prove their honest origins first. That 70 Billion dollars would certainly kick-start things for that country.

      Any math whizz'es out there?

      What is 70 Billion divided by 79 million? My calculator is mickey mouse. Not that they would, but the fantasy of splitting it amongst the beleaguered citizenry alone would erupt in a booming economy forthwith.

    • I'm so happy that the voices of the protesters were heard.

      Kind of a contrast to how the peaceful G20 protesters were treated here in Canada.

      Sheesh… and I thought Mubarak was bad

      • danby noted:
        "Kind of a contrast to how the peaceful G20 protesters were treated here in Canada."

        Danby, are you referrring to the peaceful protestors who smashed a few hundred very expensive windows, or are you referring to the peaceful protestors who engaged in police car-B-Q's?

        Just curious.

        • James, your answer is disingenuous and you know it.
          The answer is No. Not the ones security allowed to run amok freely. There is no place for that kind of crap, and those perpetrators should have been arrested and charged.
          I'm talking about the ones that were peacefully protesting on the days that followed.
          I suggest you listen to what respected (he moderated the federal debates during the last election) journalist Steve Paikin experienced .
          What about the peaceful protesters beaten? The ones held without charges?
          This was a National disgrace on many levels, and if you feel glee in sweeping it all under the carpet, then I suggest you and I have very different beliefs in what Canada means.

          • danby wrote:
            "The answer is No. Not the ones security allowed to run amok freely. There is no place for that kind of crap, and those perpetrators should have been arrested and charged"

            Some of them were, but most of the violent ones and instigators got away with it.

            As for your comments about the actual peaceful protestors…I agree with your comments, though not the protestors various causes.

            The problem however, is that the hooligans and anarchists got all the attention, so the peaceful kooks were not part of the story.

  4. I think he needs to pay some of it back. What say you?

    By the way, if he decided to return ONLY the 6 cents per day over 30 years, it would work out to $657.00.

    Isn't math cool.

  5. Now the real struggle, begins. So many jockeying for positions, I hope all these will be for the better of the people and not only for those with self serving interests.

  6. This being viewed as a first step toward democracy is understandable.

    And I share in the wishful thinking.

    However, this region does not have democratic institutions or put another way, a traddition of Western liberalism.

    They have achieved anarchy right now. Whether that leads to democracy, or the next most powerful group to seize power – the Muslim Brotherhood – and form an undemocratic Theocratic Islamic dictatorship remains to be seen.

    Let us prey that the forces towards freedom can overcome.

  7. Egypt certainly has the attention of the world. Will elections transpire in a timely democratic fashion? Will outside interests successfully meddle in their affairs? Will the army continue to largely ensure the safety off of the citizenry without lunging for control?
    A process has begun, let's wish them well as they strive to move their country forward.

    • That's very cool.

  8. I just hope this is not a gimmick. It would really be bad to hear days or weeks later Mubarak saying 'Helloooooh! I am back from a much deserve vacation".

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