CAIRO - Hosni Mubarak has resigned as president of Egypt, the country's vice president said in a brief statement Friday.
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Omar Suleiman, speaking on state television, said Mubarak had decided to give up "the office of the president of the republic" and said the Supreme Council of the armed forces would "run the affairs of the country."
The news swept the country and Tahrir Square, home of the protest movement, erupted in celebration.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters had gathered for a huge rally on what they called "Farewell Friday," and after 18 days they finally achieved their main goal.
Suleiman's statement came after Mubarak left Cairo for the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, shortly after protesters marched on his main presidential palace and held vast rallies across Egypt.