Egypt's vice president says Hosni Mubarak has handed power over to the high military council, despite millions-plus pro-democracy demonstrations.
In a brief announcement, Omar Suleiman said on Friday that Mubarak had "abandoned the presidency" handing over the power to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces.
The transition of power to the military comes while Mubarak, Suleiman and Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq are all former military men. Analysts believe despite the transition Mubarak would still remain in power.
The transition means that Egypt, which has been under a state of emergency for the past 30 years, will continue to be ruled by the military.
This is while millions of Egyptians have for the past 18 days calling for the departure of Mubarak and a democratic establishment.
Earlier in the day vigilantes opened fire on pro-democracy protesters in Egypt in a
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