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World calls for peaceful transition in Egypt after Mubarak's resignation

02-12-2011 14:08 BJT

Profile: Egypt's resigned president Hosni Mubarak

BEIJING, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- The international community has appealed for the Egyptian regime's peaceful transition after President Hosni Mubarak announced his resignation Friday following 18 days of protests against his three-decade rule.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the departure of Mubarak a "historic moment." "I respect what must have been a difficult decision, taken in the wider interest of the Egyptian people," he said.

"I reiterate my call, made as recently as last night, for a transparent, orderly and peaceful transition that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Egyptian people and includes free, fair and credible elections leading to the early establishment of civilian rule."

"I urge the interim authorities to chart a clear path forward with the participation of all stakeholders," Ban said.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, who is Egyptian, hailed the "bloodless revolution" in his country.

Moussa, a former Egyptian foreign minister, said he would resign from the position as chief of the pan-Arab organization within weeks because he has new plans.

He denied he would run for presidency in Egypt, saying "as an Egyptian, I have the honor to serve my country in any post and it is time to help in forming a consensus of opinions."

U.S. President Barack Obama, in a six-minute televised speech, said what is happening in Egypt is "a moment of history."

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