I'm now thankful that a trapped nerve in my back has laid me low today because I've happened to have been watching BBC News 24 as Vice President Suleiman announced that President Hosni Mubarak has resigned.
|Deposed Egyptian President - Mr Hosni Mubarak|
But now, he's gone. It's a historic day for Egypt. People power and public pressure has won through and now they have achieved their main goal. They wanted an end to authoritarian rule and they have made a great stride forward.
|Mohamed ElBaradei - |
Egypt's next President?
Will this lead to wholly free and fair elections and a democratic Egypt? Prominent opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei said today on hearing the news:
'This is the greatest day of my life. The country has been liberated'.
Will he seek to stand for President? Time will tell. How will the Muslim Brotherhood fare in democratic elections? Will they or a more secular alternative benefit?
These are pertinent questions, but questions for tomorrow.
For today, we must sit back and truly take in what is a remarkable day in the history of a nation and indeed for the the Arab world.