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Obama welcomes Egypt transition

By BEN FELLER
AP White House Correspondent

Feb 11, 3:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday welcomed the peaceful transition of power in Egypt with the resignation of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. “The people of Egypt have spoken. Their voices have been heard. And Egypt will never be the same,” he declared.

In brief remarks in the Grand Foyer of the White House, the president noted that it was “not the end of Egypt’s transition, it’s a beginning.” He said that many important questions remain to be resolved and difficult times lie ahead.

“I’m confident the people of Egypt can find the answers,” Obama said. He spoke hours after Mubarak stepped aside, turning authority over to the military. It was a turnaround from the night before, when the Egyptian leader defiantly refused to give up his title.

Said Obama: “Egyptians have inspired us, and they’ve done so by putting the lie to the idea that justice is best gained by violence.”

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Obama: The people of Egypt have spoken

FP- Posted By Josh Rogin Friday, February 11, 2011 – 4:15 PM

Here is the full text of President Obama‘s Friday remarks on the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak:

>>>FULL TEXT HERE<<<

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JASON KOUTSOUKIS, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jan 21, 2010

Ruthless … under Hosni Mubarak Egyptians have experienced poverty and had their rights repressed.Ruthless … under Hosni Mubarak Egyptians have experienced poverty and had their rights repressed. Photo: Reuters

The succession of a dictatorial president will be a critical turning point for the repressed nation, writes Jason Koutsoukis in Cairo.

By putting off until tomorrow the problems that cannot be solved today, Egypt has managed to sustain itself through 6000 years of turbulent history.

Today, with an ageing president, and a population of 80 million, many of whom are tired of decades of repressive dictatorial rule, Egypt is on the brink of a far-reaching transformation.

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