Cairo celebrates Mubarak's departure

Cairo celebrates Mubarak's departure
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As former vice president Omar Suleiman announced Hosni Mubarak’s resignation as president, Cairo’s Tahrir Square erupted with joy and was overcome with jubilation.

Egyptians from all walks of life, all ages and all religions, joined together to celebrate the departure of their despised former head of state.

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They chanted “Egypt is free” and “the people brought down the regime.”

The protesters didn’t come with bullets or bombs to overthrow a man once dubbed a modern-day pharoah.

They came only with banners, placards and an iron-willed determination that after thirty years with being unable to change their government: enough was enough.

For many of the younger protesters, 82-year-old Mubarak was the only leader they had ever known.

euronews correspondent Mohammed ElHamy said millions of Egyptians were celebrating across the country.

“It was a night to remember,” he said. “The people got what they wanted.”

Tahrir or Liberation Square has been the epicentre of an Egyptian revolution once before.

It is where the barracks of the occupying British troops once stood before being torn down after a 1952 overthrow of the monarchy.