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Feb 13, 2011

Unlike Iraq, Egyptians do regime change their way

CAIRO (Reuters) – The last Arab despot I saw overthrown was Saddam Hussein. That was all very different from the fall of Hosni Mubarak, toppled this week by his own people, not the might of a foreign army.

In 2003, I spent 18 days under fire in Baghdad as waves of cruise missiles vaporised swathes of the city. It was pounded day after day by American B-52s and British Tornados, before U.S. tanks rolled in to a prostrate capital and declared Iraq liberated from a brutal dictator.

Feb 12, 2011

Witness: Unlike Iraq, Egyptians do regime change their way

CAIRO (Reuters) – The last Arab despot I saw overthrown was Saddam Hussein. That was all very different from the fall of Hosni Mubarak, toppled this week by his own people, not the might of a foreign army.

In 2003, I spent 18 days under fire in Baghdad as waves of cruise missiles vaporized swathes of the city. It was pounded day after day by American B-52s and British Tornados, before U.S. tanks rolled in to a prostrate capital and declared Iraq liberated from a brutal dictator.

Feb 12, 2011

Jubilant Egyptians pray as post-Mubarak era dawns

CAIRO, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Egyptians woke to a new dawn on
Saturday after 30 years of autocratic rule under Hosni Mubarak,
full of hope after achieving almost unthinkable change, with the
army in charge and an uncertain future ahead.

As the muezzin’s call to prayer reverberated across Cairo,
the sound of horns honking in jubilation grew louder after a
night when millions across the Arab world’s most populous nation
joyfully celebrated the fall of the president.

Feb 12, 2011

After Mubarak, Egypt looks forward, region stirs

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians in their millions danced and partied through the night on Saturday, celebrating the fall of the man who ruled like a pharaoh for 30 years and hoping their army will grant them democracy now Hosni Mubarak is gone.

With intoxicating speed a wave of people power has roared across the biggest Arab nation, just four weeks after Tunisians toppled their own ageing strongman. Now, across the Middle East, autocratic rulers are calculating their own chances of survival.

Feb 12, 2011

After Mubarak, Egypt looks forward

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptians in their millions danced and partied through the night on Saturday, celebrating the fall of the man who ruled like a pharaoh for 30 years and hoping their army will grant them democracy now Hosni Mubarak is gone.

With intoxicating speed a wave of people power has roared across the biggest Arab nation, just four weeks after Tunisians toppled their own aging strongman. Now, across the Middle East, autocratic rulers are calculating their own chances of survival.

Feb 12, 2011

Egypt protests topple Mubarak after 18 days

CAIRO (Reuters) – A furious wave of protest swept Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak from power on Friday after 30 years of one-man rule, sparking jubilation on the streets and sending a warning to autocrats across the Arab world and beyond.

Mubarak, the second Arab leader to be overthrown by a popular uprising in a month, handed power to the army after 18 days of relentless rallies against poverty, corruption and repression caused support from the armed forces to evaporate.

Feb 11, 2011

End of Mubarak era as protests topple president

CAIRO, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Hosni Mubarak stepped down as
Egypt’s president on Friday, handing over to the army and ending
three decades of autocratic rule, bowing to escalating pressure
from the military and protesters demanding that he go.

Vice President Omar Suleiman said a military council would
run the affairs of the Arab world’s most populous nation. A free
and fair presidential election has been promised for September.

Feb 11, 2011

Rage in Egypt as Mubarak hangs on

CAIRO (Reuters) – President Hosni Mubarak provoked rage on Egypt’s streets on Thursday when he said he would hand over powers to his deputy but refused to step down after more than two weeks of protests demanding that he quit.

The armed forces high command had earlier issued “Communique No.1,” declaring it was taking control of the nation in what some called a military coup seeking to end the turmoil under the 82-year-old former general, who has ruled for 30 years.

Feb 10, 2011

Mubarak says to transfer power but not resigning

CAIRO (Reuters) – Hosni Mubarak, struggling to cling on as Egypt’s president in the face of unprecedented protests over poverty, corruption and oppression, said on Thursday he would transfer powers to his vice president.

In an address that failed to meet demands by protesters for him to step down immediately, Mubarak, 82, appeared to step aside by handing over the reins of power to his deputy, Omar Suleiman, a former intelligence chief trusted by Washington.

Feb 10, 2011

Snap analysis: How will the dust settle in Egypt’s transition

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is on the verge of capitulating to protester demands to give up power but may still seek to hold on in a nominal capacity by giving presidential powers to his deputy or a joint leadership involving an army council.

The army made the first move, with an announcement called “Communique No. 1,” saying the army’s higher council was meeting in continuous session, a move that showed the army had taken charge of the situation and Mubarak’s fate was in its hands.