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In Tunisia, cries of joy and the thundering honking of horns greeted the announcement. “God delivered our Egyptian brothers from this dictator,” said Yacoub Youssef, one of those celebrating in the capital of Tunis.

On Lebanon’s Al-Manar TV, the station run by the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah faction, Egyptian anchor Amr Nassef, who was once imprisoned in Egypt for alleged ties to Islamists, cried on the air. “Allahu Akbar (God is great), the Pharaoh is dead. Am I dreaming? I’m afraid to be dreaming,” he said.

In Jordan’s capital of Amman, thousands gathered outside the Egyptian Embassy shouted “mabrouk, mabrouk,” Arabic for “congratulations,” as fireworks burst into the sky. The crowd included members of the 500,000-strong Egyptian expatriate community in Jordan. Some burned a portrait of Mubarak.

“This is the best day of my life. It’s a new era for Egypt,” said Hawary el-Saudi, 24, an Egyptian construction worker working in Jordan for the past year. “Hosni Mubarak has been clinging on to power long before I was even born. He made us live a low life. He forced poor people like me to go aboard to work and make money.”

In Baghdad, lawmakers from all of Iraq’s major political parties cheered Mubarak’s resignation as a win for democracy — a system still in its infancy in that nation.

“The resignation of Mubarak represents one of the marvelous days in history,” said Sunni lawmaker Jamal al-Battekh, a member of the Iraqiya political alliance. “No one can stand against the will of the nation or especially the will of the youth, who have the ability to say no to the dictator of Egypt.”


Associated Press writers Ian Deitch in Jerusalem, Ibrahim Barzak in the Gaza Strip, Jamal Halaby in Amman, Jordan, Lara Jakes in Baghdad and Bouazza Ben Bouazza in Tunis contributed to this report.