Hosni Mubarak has resigned as the President of Egypt, after a day of mass protests throughout the country.
Omar Suleiman, the Vice President, delivered the news in a short statement on state-run TV. Mubarak has flown to the resort town of Sharm el-Sheik.
The crowd in Tahrir Square has erupted in jubilation.
More in a moment.
…The Egyptian government said that the military would take over the governing of the nation, according to CNN. Suleiman’s statement: “Mubarak has resigned. He has delegated the responsibility of running the country to the Supreme Military Council.”
UPDATE: Harry Reid has released a statement:
“I am pleased that President Mubarak has heard and heeded the voice of the Egyptian people, who have called for change. It is crucial that Mubarak’s departure be an orderly one and that it leads to true democracy for Egypt, including free, fair and open elections. We caution all sides against violence during this transition, and we will be watching the situation closely. We wish the Egyptian people the best in their next steps toward determining their own future under a democratic process.”
I would add that this is a tremendous accomplishment for the power of people. Nothing has really been decided and things could change wildly over the next days and months. But a polity basically told a dictator that he did not have the consent of the people, and the dictator was forced to listen.