Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians throughout the country hailed the departure of President Hosni Mubarak, which was announced today by Vice President Omar Suleiman. Here are scenes from the post-Mubarak celebrations.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT: In this photo taken from Egyptian television, Vice President Omar Suleiman makes the announcement that Hosni Mubarak stepped down from office.
NEWS RECEIVED: Egypt’s demonstrators have succeeded in forcing Mubarak to relinquish powers.
THE ARMY: Egyptian flags flutter next to soldiers standing atop an army tank as anti-regime demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square react after Mubarak stepped down.
During the past couple of weeks, the Egyptian army had announced that soldiers would not shoot on demonstrators. And they didn't, though their tanks were always present.
PERSONAL REACTION: An Egyptian woman cries as she celebrates the news of Mubarak's resignation.
National Journal's Yochi Dreazen noted: "Now that Mubarak has left the stage, the key question will become who else follows him out the door ..."
CELEBRATION: Egyptian anti-government protesters celebrate at Cairo's Tahrir Square.
"... During Mubarak’s 30 years as Egypt’s paramount ruler, he built an extensive power structure that included civilian allies such as [Vice President Omar] Suleiman and Fathi Sorour, the speaker of the country’s parliament; the uniformed leadership of the country’s powerful armed forces; and the top officials of Egypt’s intelligence services and feared internal-security apparatuses. ..."
MORE HAPPINESS: Egyptians celebrate Mubarak's departure.
"... It wasn't immediately clear if Suleiman would follow Mubarak's lead and formally resign, but the military's move to assume power renders him largely irrelevant to the country's immediate future."
YOUNG DEMONSTRATOR: An Egyptian anti-government demonstrator waves his national flag next to soldiers at Cairo's Tahrir Square after Mubarak stepped down.
"The country has been liberated after decades of repression," Egyptian diplomat Mohammed ElBaradei said, adding that he expects a "beautiful" transition of power.
HUGS: Two anti-government protesters celebrate outside the presidential palace in Cairo.
Joshua Stacher, an Egypt expert at Kent State University who lived in the country for nine years, said in Dreazen's article, "This gives us a bit more insight into what happened yesterday: there was some kind of power struggle going on, and (Egyptian Defense Minister Mohamed) Tantawi won. ..."
JOY: Cairo erupted with joyful dancing, singing and cries of triumph as Mubarak's 30-year rule came to an end following more than two weeks of mass protests.
"... Omar Suleiman isn’t in control anymore. This is now a military government," Stacher said.