Friday, February 11, 2011
The Egyptian Protesters/People Triumph! Mubarak Resigns!
At approximately 6pm Cairo time, the now former Vice President Suleiman read a statement that the now former President Mubarak had resigned, and the country would be ruled by the High Council of the Armed Forces.
According to an Egyptian constitutional expert this means that the Speaker of the Assembly acts as President in a ceremonial capacity, while the Armed Forces High Council governs the country through an interim period which, by the constitution, may last 2 months to 2 years, depending on the situation. The September elections are off, and the country is to move toward democracy, and most importantly the rule of law.
The joy in Tahrir Square is palpable!
The voices of the protesters interviewed break with emotion.
I congratulate the Egyptian people and hope for the type of smooth transition to lasting freedom, democracy, prosperity, and justice that occurred for the Portuguese people after the Carnation Revolution of 1974, led by the armed forces in Lisbon.
In that spirit, I am happy to join others who have been calling the Egyptian uprising "the Lotus Revolution".
May Allah bless and protect all the Egyptian people!