Egypt President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from office on Feb. 11, just a day after refusing to do so. His resignation comes after intense pressure internally and internationally for him to leave office.
Egypt’s Vice President Omar Suleiman read a one-sentence statement from Mubarak announcing the resignation.
“I, President Hosni Mubarak, have decided to step down as President of Egypt and have assigned the higher council of the armed forces to run the affairs of the country,” the statement said.
Live CNN pictures showed crowds of protesters erupting in glee after the announcement, the masses chanting “Egypt is free.”
Mubarak gave a speech on Feb. 10 speech that was different in tone. Mubarak was defiant in his words, saying that he will not be pressured into leaving office.
“We will not accept or listen to any foreign interventions or dictations,” he said.
According to ABC News, a senior Egyptian official said that Mubarak’s departure was symbolic and that he’d handed over most of his power to Vice President Omar Suleiman.
However, because Mubarak still had ultimate power in the country, clashes continued as protesters called for his ouster.
On Feb. 11, they marched on federal buildings in the country.
“It is important for the regime, not for the people, because they have been lying and spreading propaganda,” one protester told ABC News about storming the state television building. “Once this building is down, the regime is down as well.”
Within the U.S. calls for President Obama to demand that Mubarak resign had intensified as well. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), said that it’s time that the United States sends him a message.
“I think the United States had better be more clear in our message to President Mubarak, that we are very clear in our message that he needs to step down,” McCain told Fox News.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s army vows to carry out reforms Mubarak spoke of in his speech. Egypt’s military has promised to lift the country’s 30-year-old emergency laws as soon as the crisis is over and make sure there are free and fair elections.