After 18 days of protests, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down after an autocratic reign of 30 years.
Vice President Omar Suleiman made the brief announcement and said, "In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic. He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state. God is our protector and succor."
The Egyptian military is reportedly in charge and plans to suspend the cabinet and resign the House and Parliament, presumably in preparation for elections. Reports say the military tipped Mubarak's hand after yesterday's televised speech when he insisted he would remain in power.