Mubarak quits as Egypt’s president (Lead)

February 11th, 2011 - 11:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Cairo, Feb 11 (IANS) Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned Friday, handing over power to the military, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced.”Mubarak has decided to resign as president,” Suleiman announced in a brief statement on state TV, the BBC reported.

The announcement came as thousands of demonstrators gathered in Cairo and other Egyptian cities for the 18th day of protest to demand Mubarak’s resignation.

Protesters responded by cheering, waving flags, embracing and sounding car horns.

“The people have brought down the regime,” they chanted.

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