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Last 18 days of Mubarak in power

08-03-2011 13:19 BJT

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Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt for 30 years. However it only took 18 days to end his political life. On January 25th, thousands of Egyptians took to the streets of cities like Cairo and Alexandria. Coordinating their actions over the internet, as many as 90-thousand people expressed a willingness to take action to end the country's poverty, corruption and unemployment. Some of the protests turned violent, with demonstrators burning tires, looting shops and museums, and clashing with the police.

Three days later, Mubarak ordered a curfew in three major cities. All flights from Cairo airport were cancelled. But the protestors ignored the curfew, and continued their demonstrations. Many of them set up camps in major areas in Cairo, digging in for a long-term fight.

The next day Mubarak sacked his cabinet, and named his confidant Omar Suleiman as vice-president. On the 1st of February, Mubarak appeared on national television, declaring he would surrender power when his term ends in September. For the rest of his term in office, he promised to initiate a peaceful transfer of power.

However, the concessions weren't enough to quell the turmoil. Three days after the speech, thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tahrir Square, and demanded Mubarak step down immediately.

On the 9th, the largest demonstration in 3 weeks broke out in Cairo. The protests lasted until midnight. The next day, Mubarak handed parts of his power over to the vice president, but refused to acquiesce to protesters' demands that he quit office immediately.

But on February 11th, Vice president Suleiman addressed the nation, declaring the 83-year-old president had stepped down and left Cairo. Suleiman also announced that a military council would now run affairs of state. People across the nation celebrated the victory, and a new page was turned in the history of Egypt.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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