On the eighteenth day of the Egyptian revolution, Mubarak has abandoned the Egyptian presidency. The announcement was made by Vice-President Omar Suleiman who said a military council would govern the country
"In these difficult days that Egypt is going through, President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak has decided to resign from his post as president and he has instructed the armed forces supreme council to administer the affairs of the country. "
Immediately, cries of joy have blended for millions of people protesting in the streets of Cairo, over a million who were surrounding the presidential palace and fraternizing with the army.
A few hours earlier, Mubarak and his family left Cairo to the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula, the first step toward a possible flight into exile.
Egypt "will never be the same" because the people have spoken and called for "genuine democracy", said Friday the president Barack Obama during a speech. "This day belongs to the people of Egypt. He assured that the U.S. would be a friend and partner to provide all necessary assistance to the democratic transition.
The U.S. president said the military had acted with a sense of responsibility and must now make the transition to a credible democracy.