Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down. After weeks of popular upheaval in the nation, Mubarak has handed control of the country to the military. Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement today in an address broadcasted state television.
The news has triggered a wave of jubilation throughout Cairo’s Tehrir Square. Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered there demanding Mubarak’s ouster in the hours following his public address yesterday in which he failed to resign as speculated.
“God, guide Egypt in this tentative and dangerous time of transition. Do not let this precious nation fall into chaos. Keep Egypt safe from the hand and spiritual forces intent on bringing confusion and disarray. In the Name of the Prince of Peace, we say, ‘Peace in Egypt.'”