A tyrant's exit. A nation's joy

They sang. They laughed. They cried. Mubarak was no more

Everyone suddenly burst out singing.
And laughing, and crying, and shouting and praying, kneeling on the road and kissing the filthy tarmac right in front of me, and dancing and praising God for ridding them of Hosni Mubarak – a generous moment, for it was their courage rather than divine intervention which rid Egypt of its dictator – and weeping tears which splashed down their clothes. It was as if every man and woman had just got married, as if joy could smother the decades of dictatorship and pain and repression and humiliation and blood. Forever, it will be known as the Egyptian Revolution of 25 January – the day the rising began – and it will be forever the story of a risen people.

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(Reuters) - Egyptians declared triumph over their "Pharaoh" on Friday, dancing, singing, cheering and waving flags in a massive street party to celebrate the downfall of President Hosni Mubarak.

"We have brought down the regime, we have brought down the regime," chanted the hundreds of thousands packed into Cairo's Tahrir Square, the heart of protests that toppled Mubarak in a show of people power unprecedented in Egypt's modern history. They cried, embraced and ululated when the news reached them through a public address system. Fireworks burst over Tahrir Square as Egyptians wept in joy and disbelief at a day some never thought would come. "We have done something unprecedented in 7,000 years, we have brought down the Pharaoh. Egypt is free, it will never go back to what it was, we won't let it," said Tareq Saad, a 51-year-old carpenter in the square. Egyptians from all walks of life, Muslims and Christians, liberals and Islamists, poured into central Cairo to join a street party that ran late into the night. Cars choked the streets, honking in celebration and flying the Egyptian flag.

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Several hundred thousand protesters massed in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square exploded into joy Friday, after Vice-President Omar Suleiman made the announcement that Hosni Mubarak had resigned as president of Egypt after three decades in office.

Finally heeding to 18 days of calls from protesters, the surprise statement marks Mubarak as the second Arab leader forced to quit by a peaceful popular uprising. Last month, Tunisia’s President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali resigned in the face of massive street protests against his rule.

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