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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 02/11/2011

Mubarak steps down; Egypt erupts in celebration

By Melissa Bell and James Buck
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(Khalil Hamra/AP)

Vice President Omar Suleiman announced that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as president of Egypt and handed over power to the Egyptian military. Follow along with the breaking news on the live updates blog.

On Twitter, "Congrats Egypt," became a worldwide trending topic. In Cairo, protesters sent out digital cheers in celebration:

Is he gone?? Seriously?! Good riddance #Mubarak! Now the regime can follow him too! Yalla #Egypt! #Jan25less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

We need to prosecute the murderers & corrupt officials who ruled us. We need 2 dissolve rigged parliament. We need to abolish emergency lawless than a minute ago via Echofon

I'm REALLY going to miss the Republic of Tahrir. Those guys built something remarkable and I'm grateful for every minute spent there #egyptless than a minute ago via web

Firecrackers up and down the Nile, cars honking, people in the biggest street party #Egypt has ever seen.less than a minute ago via web

Unbelievable!! He's gone! Scenes of jubilations in #Tahrir. I will never forget this moment. #Egyptless than a minute ago via txt

The final battle is won, but like the book-version of #LOTR, we have to rid the Shire of the remnants of evil & start rebuilding #Jan25less than a minute ago via web

I'm totally in tears. I wish my father was alive to see that day. #Jan25 less than a minute ago via Echofon

remember remember the 11 of February #jan25 #Egyptless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Whether we are Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus...Today we all need to pray for Egypt. Today we all need to pray for change.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

No verb or amount of video can describe the atmosphere of Tahrir. #egypt #jan25less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Egypt now for the Egyptians , proud to be Egyptian #Revolution #Egypt #Jan25less than a minute ago via Echofon

if you want a tourism vacation think about Egypt this year to see a beautiful free country free pyramids :) #egypt #jan25less than a minute ago via web

Everyone even soldiers are celebrating...#egypt's love of noise on displayless than a minute ago via Mobile Web

The streets of Gaza are filled with thousands of people celebrating the end of 30 cruel years of rule by the... http://fb.me/AByjs8wCless than a minute ago via Facebook

Game over. Arab leaders sleep a little uneasy tonight. #jan25 #egyptless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Chanting: "Masr hurra, Hosni barra!" -- Egypt is free, Hosni is gone! #jan25less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

By Melissa Bell and James Buck  | February 11, 2011; 11:04 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Catch  
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