After 18 days of unrest in Egypt, Hosni Mubarak has been removed from power and one of the most critical U.S. allies in the Middle East will for now be run by a military junta.
Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman read a brief statement on state TV a few minutes after 6 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET), saying that Mr. Mubarak had decided to hand all presidential powers over to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to address the situation in Egypt at 3 p.m. ET, when he does Globe staff will live-blog the speech and Globe Washington correspondent Paul Koring, who has reported frequently from the Middle East and on Mideast issues, will join in to answer reader questions.
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