12 Feb '11, 7am

New dawn for Egypt as Mubarak toppled

New dawn for Egypt as Mubarak toppled

CAIRO - Thousands of Egyptians were still singing and waving flags as dawn broke over a nation reborn on Saturday, after a popular uprising forced president Hosni Mubarak from power. The streets and squares of downtown Cairo were still in the hands of the mostly young demonstrators whose determined 18-day revolt overturned 30 years of autocratic rule and triggered an outpouring of national solidarity. But political power now rests with the military commanders who stepped into the vacuum left by Mubarak's departure, and many were anxiously waiting to see whether they will make good their promise to respect the popular will. "O dawn of victory," cried a young man dancing on a bridge across the Nile into Tahrir Square, epicentre of the revolt, as his friends danced in a circle and halted passing motorists to congratulate them. In Tahrir itself, many of the anti-regime protest...

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