Reports from earlier in the day indicated that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had left Cairo for Sharm el Sheikh. Now the latest word from Egypt is that he has resigned. Interestingly enough, the news comes not from Mr. Mubarak himself, but from Vice President Omar Suleiman. Considering that the president insisted in a televised address last night that he would not resign, it seems that the military may have eased him out of power.
Here’s the brief report from the USA Today blog:
Update at 11:05 a.m. ET: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned. Vice President Omar Suleiman said in a brief televised statement. His statement in full: “Hosni Mubarak has waived the office of presidency and told the army to run the affairs of the country. “
Update at 11:08 a.m. ET: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators erupted in jubilation in Tahrir Square as vice president Omar Suleiman announces that President Mubarak has resigned and called on the army to “run the affairs of the country.”