Mubarak has finally been forced out of office by the will of the people. Egypt's revolution has triumphed...and while the party will continue for some time, there's a major workload ahead for the military ruling council which is now in charge.
Talk about an emotional roller-coaster…but I suppose revolutions are like that!
Mubarak finally got the message that his reign of tyranny is over, and
After thirty years there has been an explosion of euphoria in
This revolution owes so much to young people who have only ever known Mubarak as the country’s President, and despite his three speeches declaring he will not be moved, and his setting his thugs loose on the crowds, the defiant refused to give in.
A number of them have lost their lives, many thousands others injured in the battle.
The interviews being played by Al-Jazeera live, the BBC and other networks are of people in the crowd and they are choking with emotion and pride.
The party of people from every walk of life will go on for some time but there is no doubt what is ahead will also be challenging.
The military now has a daunting task to complete in satisfying Egyptians who have been willing to risk their lives for freedom, that it will carry out the required purge of the corrupt, and put in place a process that will eventuate in free and fair democratic elections as soon as possible.
As for the wider Middle Eastern-North African community, there will be other autocrats who will be shivering in their jewel encrusted or blood spattered boots.
Others, in particular
The rest of the Mubarak regime will also be extremely concerned. Their lives of privilege and the baubles of corruption are either over or seriously numbered. A watch on the private jets at Cairo airport would be a fascinating exercise.
It is a critical period of transition and there will be many answers demanded of those who have governed
There is also likely to be a civilian council that works with the military to ensure a transparent implementation of the wishes of a people who refused to believe for one second longer Mubarak's promises of change. Egyptians now have to believe in the next stage of this process, and already the European Union has offered its support for the upcoming election process and the construction of civil soceity that ensures a deep democracy.
It has been an unbelievable 24 hours. Egyptians have shown they were not prepared to accept anything less than their democratic rights. There is no doubt the last minute turn against the regime by the Egyptian state media –essentially Mubarak’s propaganda machine – had a role to play, but whatever it took will now be for historians to dissect.
Mubarak failed in his last ditch effort to hold on to power. He seriously underestimated the will and strength of a people who finally had had enough oppression. They had not only critical mass, but unwavering conviction that they held the moral high ground, and they have won the applause of many countries from around the world for the dignified way in which they fought this revolution.
They won. He lost. Eat that.