After 18 days of protests, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled the country for 30 years, stepped down. The announcement of his resignation drew an immediate roar of cheers and honking automobile horns throughout the country.
Now, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which represents the heads of the various branches of the armed forces, as well as the chief of staff and the minister of defense, has taken control of the country.
Military rulers have pledged to hold new parliamentary and presidential elections within six months.
A committee of legal experts has begun drafting constitutional amendments that will set the course of political reform in the world's largest Arab nation.