After weeks of protest, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has resigned from office and left Cairo.
ABC News reports that he made the abrupt decision today, handing control of the nation to the military before exiting the city.
“In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as the president of the republic,” Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman said during a televised speech. “He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state.”
"May God help everybody," he added.
Hosni’s departure came hours after he announced that although he delegated power to Omar, he would not actually be stepping down from his position.
In the United States, President Barack Obama commended Hosni for leaving office while reminding the world that there is still much work to be done to improve Egypt after Hosni’s resignation.
"The people of Egypt have spoken. Their voices have been heard and Egypt will never be the same," President Obama said. "By stepping down, President Mubarak responded to the Egyptian people’s hunger for change, but this is not the end of Egypt’s transition. It’s the beginning."
The Associated Press reports that the first big change came rather immediately, as Hosni’s exit also marked a decrease in oil prices.
— Sonya Eskridge