As Friday ushered in a new era for Egypt those on the streets whose determined protests brought down the Mubarak regime spoke of their solidarity and hopes for the future.
“We the people have toppled a tyrant and we demand they return the money they have stolen from our country. We don’t want anybody to leave the country with our money, all the money should be returned and the corrupt should be punished they must, must, must,” said one man, while another called on public servants to work for the people:
“Thank God we continued to protest until he stepped down, no speech was good enough and whoever replaces him should have the interests of the country at heart, not the position, they should only be able to serve two terms after the constitution is amended not like Mubarak and son. We want a parliamentary democracy.”
From the heart of a jubilant Cairo euronews correspondent Mohamed Abdel Azim looks at the challenges ahead:
“Mubarak has gone, but a lot of questions remain. What is role of the military council and the future political life in Egypt? Also what will happen in other Arab lands that border Egypt? And the key question of relations between Egypt and Israel?
And as far as global politics is concerned has the US lost a strong ally in the Middle East, an ally once described as a bulwark of stability.”