Update (15:20 ET)
The Washington Post:
The People of Egypt Have Spoken
In an address from the White House, President Obama said the “people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same.” He likened the relatively peaceful ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to the fall of the Berlin Wall and to the advances of the American civil rights movement. Invoking the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, he said: “There’s something in the soul that cries out for freedom. Those were the cries that came from Tahrir Square, and the entire world has taken it up.”
Update (11:25 ET)
The New York Times reports:
President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt turned over all power to the
military, and left the Egyptian capital for his resort home
in Sharm el-Sheik, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced on
state television on Friday.
The announcement, delivered during evening prayers in Cairo,
set off a frenzy of celebration, with protesters shouting
“Egypt is free!”
The Egyptian military issued a communiqué pledging to carry
out a variety of constitutional reforms in a statement
notable for its commanding tone. The military’s statement
alluded to the delegation of power to Vice President Omar
Suleiman and it suggested that the military would supervise
implementation of the reforms.
Update (11:20 ET):
The Washington Post now reports:
Breaking News Alert: Egyptian VP: President Mubarak steps down, military to take over
February 11, 2011 11:13:23 AM
Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman says President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and ceded authority to the supreme military council.
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Update (11:09 ET)
ABC News has just reported that Mubarak has stepped down
Update (9:38 ET):
The Washington Post now also reports:
Egyptian state television has reported that President Hosni Mubarak and his wife, Suzanne, have left the capital of Cairo. Their destination was unknown.
Update (9:15 ET):
The Morning Sentinel reports that , according to an Egyptian government official, President Mubarak is in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, 250 miles from the capital Cairo.
The official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Friday that Mubarak arrived at the airport in Sharm and was greeted by the local governor. Mubarak passed most of his powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman Thursday night, rebuffing the demands of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators that he step down immediately.
Mubarak spends a good deal of time in Sharm, where he has a palace.
The New York Times has just reported that the Egyptian military is appearing to assert its leadership in Egypt “amid growing indications that President Hosni Mubarak was yielding all power.”
And, “A Western diplomat said that Mr. Mubarak had left the capital.”
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ABC News reports that “Egypt’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak left the presidential palace in Cairo today but remains in Egypt…as protesters kept the pressure on the government to force Mubarak out of office.”
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and a writer.