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Realpolitik (see also Political realism; from German: real “realistic”, “practical” or “actual”; and Politik “politics”) refers to politics or diplomacy based primarily on practical considerations, rather than ideological notions or moralistic premises. In this respect, it shares aspects of its philosophical approach with those of realism and pragmatism.
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Friday, 11 February 2011

009 - Mubarak resigns in 'Berlin Wall' moment for Egypt

Jubilant scenes emerge from Tahrir Square in central Cairo as Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak resigns handing power to the military.

In a somewhat shock announcement on state TV Egyptian vice-president Imar Suleiman announced that Mubarak had handed power to the high council of the armed forces earlier today. The announcement came after Mubarak had continued to deny the protesters' demands he resign, instead just last night suggesting he would stand down in September later this year.

The announcement came after 18 consecutive days of mass protests centred in Tahrir Square in Cairo but spread across the land, demanding Mr Mubarak's resignation immediately. The scenes following the announcement were ecstatic, with cheering, fireworks and flag waving. Reports show the protesters chanting:

"The people have brought down the regime."

Omar Suleiman addressed the Egyptian people on state TV by stating: "In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country."

The Egyptian military high command is currently led by Defence Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, and it is suggested that the military will lead the country until a new leader is elected.

Crowds are also gathering on the streets in Tunisia (where arguably this revolution began) and there are reports of increased polcie activity in Algeria as well potentially in anticipation of further protest.

BBC News also reports that "Mr Mubarak has already left Cairo and is in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh where he has a residence" according to official sources. AFP is reporting that the Swiss authorities have ordered a freeze on Hosni Mubarak's assets along with members of his entourage.

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