MUBARAK STEPS DOWN

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After yesterday’s tease, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down shortly before 6pm local time (11am Eastern) today, according to a brief statement read by Vice President Omar Suleiman.

Mubarak had been in power since the assassination of Anwar El Sadat in October of 1981.  Before that, Mubarak held the office of vice president for six years.

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