Obama Pledges Support, Confidence in Egypt

Friday, February 11, 2011

Egyptian anti-government demonstrators hold their national flag as they gather at Cairo's Tahrir Square on February 10, 2011. (Mohammed Abed/Getty)

The resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is sparking celebration among Egyptians worldwide. Hundreds of thousands chanted and cheered in Cairo's main square following Friday's announcement.

During a speech from the White House on Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama said it's "a beginning" for Egypt, with "difficult days ahead." But he expressed confidence in a peaceful transition. "Egyptians have made it clear that nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day," he said.

Egypt is a longtime ally of the United States, and Obama said the nation "will continue to be a friend and partner."

Mubarak's sudden resignation comes after 18 days of huge demonstrations calling for him to leave. In a national address on Thursday, he insisted he would stay in office until September elections. But his vice president announced on Friday that Mubarak had decided to resign.

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