mubarak-hosni.jpgHosni Mubarak has stepped down as president of Egypt, after weeks of protest in Cairo and other cities.

 

Mr Mubarak ruled for 30 years and throughout his rule, he is alleged to have successfully suppressed dissent and protest, as well as jailing opponents.

 

However, after weeks of countrywide protests that were probably sparked by successful protests that claimed the presidency of Mr Ben Ali in Tunisia, Mr Mubarak has finally ceded power.

 

Announcing Mr Mubarak’s resignation, Vice-President Omar Suleiman said the president had handed power to the army.

 

Mr Suleiman told the State TV that the high command of the armed forces had taken over to administer the affairs of the country.

 

The military high command is headed by Defence Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

 

The news of Mubarak’s resignation was greeted with a huge outburst of joy and celebration by thousands in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the heart of the demonstrations.

 

Later, an army officer read out a statement paying tribute to Mr Mubarak for the decision, saying there is no legitimacy other than that of the people.

 

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama said that Egypt must now move to civilian and democratic rule.