By RFE RL
(RFE/RL) — Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down and handed authority to a military council, according to an announcement by Vice President Omar Suleiman.
The vice president’s brief statement on national television came a day after Mubarak said he would not resign.
Mubarak’s resignation followed 18 days of mass protests against his rule.
The news of his departure was greeted with jubilation by some 1 million people gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and around the country.
The president and his family had earlier left the presidential palace in Cairo for the Red Sea Resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.