Mubarak resigns, hands power to the military

SHARM EL SHEIKH/EGYPT, 18MAY08 - Muhammad Hosn...

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Update at 11:27 a.m. ET: Al-Jazeera correspondent Sherine Tadros, reporting from Tahrir Square, reports that a number of demonstrators have fainted amid the jubilation and been helped out of the area.

Update at 11:22 a.m. ET MSNBC reports that President Obama was notified of Mubarak’s resignation during an Oval Office meeting. He then watched the TV coverage for several minutes in an outer office. Obama will make a statement at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Update at 11:15 a.m. ET: Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, reacting to the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, says: “This is the greatest day of my life. The country has been liberated.”

Update at 11:08 a.m. ET: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators erupted in jubilation in Tahrir Square as vice president Omar Suleiman announces that President Mubarak has resigned and called on the army to “run the affairs of the country.”

Update at 11:05 a.m. ET: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigne.d Vice President Omar Suleiman said in a brief televised statement. His statement in full: “Hosni Mubarak has waived the office of presidency and told the army to run the affairs of the country. ”

Update at 11:03 a.m. ET: Hossam Badrawi, who was recently appointed general secretary of the NDP, resigns saying Egypt needs new parties, Al-Jazeera reports.

Update at 10:42 a.m. ET:Reuters quotes a U.S. official as describing Mubarak’s departure from Cairo as a “positive first step.”

Update at 10:16 a.m. ET:Al-Jazeera TV reports that one person has died and 20 injured when a police station in north Sinai town of El-Arish came under small arms fire during protests.

Update at 10:08 am. ET: Reuters, quoting witnesses, reports 1,000 protesters in the north Sinai town of El-Arish have exchanged gunfire and tossed firebombs at a police station.

Update at 10:04 am. ET: Crowds move in large numbers from Tahrir Square in Cairo to the presidential palace ahead of an “urgent and important” statement from the presidency. Thousands of other have gathered outside Egypt state TV.

Update at 9:51 am. ET: Al-Jazeera reports that two helicopters have arrived at the presidential palace ahead of a statement by the presidency. Tens of thousands of protesters have surrounded the building in a peaceful demonstration.

Update at 9:36 am. ET: Egypt state tv says to expect a statement shortly from the presidential palace, Reuters reports.

Update at 9:14 am. ET:The Associated Press quotes a local official in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as confirming that President Mubarak is there.

Update at 8:39 am. ET: Denmark’s prime minister has become the first European Union leader to publicly urge President Hosni Mubarak to step down. “Mubarak is history, Mubarak must step down,” Lars Loekke Rasmussen said Friday in Copenhagen, the Associated Presss reports.

Update at 8:23 am. ET: President Mubarak and his family have left Cairo and are now in his Red Sea residence in Sharm el-Sheikh, CBS News, NBC and Al-Arabiya TV report.

Update at 8 am. ET:Egypt’s military is supporting President Mubarak’s plans for a transfer of power, but is not preventing hundreds of thousands of protesters to demonstrate in Tahrir Square in Cairo and to gather outside both the presidential palace and the building housing Egypt state TV, the Associated Press reports.

Update at 8 am. ET: Al Jazeera TV reports that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is preparing to issue its third statement in two days regarding the transfer of power.

Update at 6:38 am. ET: Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, a Nobel laureate, says in a statement on Twitter that the “entire nation is on the streets.” “Only way out is for regime to go,” he tweets. “People power can’t be crushed. We shall prevail. Still hope army can join”

Posted by Conrado Garcia Jamin

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