Mubarak has resigned, turning all governing power over to the military
The protesters are jubilant, but did they want the military to be ruling the country? While the protesters have seen the military as on their side, since the military allowed the protests to take place, how does military rule of Egypt fit into the protesters’r demands for democracy, free and fair elections, and all the rest of it?
And what happened between yesterday and today that persuaded Mubarak to leave?
Oddly, Drudge headlines his link to the AP story this way:
MILITARY COUP IN EGYPT ROCKS MIDDLE EASTBut the AP headline says nothing about a coup, it says:
Mubarak resigns, hands power to militaryHowever, the AP story gives possible support to the “coup” idea:
Up to the last hours, Mubarak sought to cling to power, handing some of his authorities to Suleiman while keeping his title.So the AP itself is saying that the military pushed Mubarak out. But the actual acts by the military that the AP reports do not back the claim that the military forced him out. The only action of the military described in the article is that soldiers stood by while protesters marched and beseiged the presidential palace. But soldiers have been standing by doing nothing since the protests began 18 days ago.
Meanwhile, the New York Times says nothing about a coup.