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EGYPT: Hosni Mubarak steps down

February 11, 2011 |  8:27 am


Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 82, has stepped down and Vice President Omar Suleiman has named a military council to run the country's affairs, state television reported Friday.

The announcement came after 18 days of mass protests against Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Protesters amassed in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday reacted to the announcement with whistles and cheers, shouting "Egypt is free," and "Allahu Akhbar," God is great.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Egyptians crowd inside Tahrir Square on Friday. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times