Egypt”s Mubarak kicked out

After more than 17 days of protests against his 30-year rule, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak finally agreed to step down on Friday, handing power to the military and casting a cloud of uncertainty over the future of one of the Middle East’s longest U.S. allies.

Crowds of protesters in Cairo, Alexandria and elsewhere around the country exploded with jubilation at the news, which was announced by Vice President Omar Suleiman shortly after midnight local time.

Egypt’s higher military council will sack the cabinet, suspend both houses of parliament and rule with the head of the supreme constitutional court, Al Arabiya television reported on Friday.

The army statement was expected to be delivered later on Friday and followed President Hosni Mubarak’s dramatic resignation after 30 years in power

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