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Update: Mubarak steps down

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CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's military says it will not act as a substitute for a "legitimate" government after President Hosni Mubarak resigned and transferred his power to the armed forces.

A military spokesman, in a brief televised statement, said the armed forces would later announce measures and arrangements to introduce the changes Egyptians want.

He also praised Mubarak for his contribution to the nation.

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CAIRO (WKOW) -- President Hosni Mubarak stepped down as the leader of Egypt.

The announcement was made by Vice President Omar Sulieman. Tahir Square in Cairo is flooded with thousands of protestors. Once the announcement was made the crowd erupted in cheers.

A day after announcing he would hand over most of his power to the vice president, Mubarak finally bowed to demands of protesters for his immediate departure amid escalating protests.

Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement on national TV just after nightfall, setting off joyous celebrations in Cairo's central Tahrir Square where several hundred thousand protesters were massed. Fireworks, car horns and celebratory shots in the air are being heard around the city of 18 million.

Outside Mubarak's presidential palace in Cairo, crowds chanted: "The people ousted the president."

One opposition leader whose young supporters were among the organizers of the protest movement calls it "the greatest day of my life." Mohammed ElBaradei (ehl-BEHR'-uh-day) tells The Associated Press: "The country has been liberated after decades of repression," and he expects a "beautiful" transition of power.

We'll have more on our web channel wkow.com and tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6.

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CAIRO (WKOW) — The Associated Press is reporting that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has left Cairo.

A local government official says President Mubarak is in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, 250 miles from the capital Cairo, where protesters are deluging squares and marching on presidential palaces and the State TV building.

The official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue, said Friday that Mubarak arrived at the airport in Sharm and was greeted by the local governor. Mubarak passed most of his powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman Thursday night, rebuffing the demands of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators that he step down immediately.

Mubarak spends a good deal of time in Sharm, where he has a palace.

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