Final hours of leader’s humiliating downfall


Egyptian soldiers surround a few protesters remaining in Cairo’s Tahrir Square after the military took control of the country when Hosni Mubarak quit at the weekend.

Hosni Mubarak was supposed to announce his resignation on Thursday night, Egypt time.

The military expected it. The new head of his ruling party pleaded with him face-to-face to do it. But, despite more than two weeks of massive demonstrations, the president still didn’t get it.

Mr Mubarak’s top aides and family — including his son Gamal, widely viewed as his intended successor — told him he could still ride out the turmoil.

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