12 February 2011
Last updated at 06:50
There have been jubilant scenes in Cairo and other parts of Egypt, after it was announced that President Hosni Mubarak had stepped down.
Some protesters wept with joy when they heard the announcement that the president was resigning, after 18 days of protests.
Some were confident of victory even before the announcement was made.
Many of the hard-core protesters are young and social networking sites have galvanised many people to take to the streets.
Possibly Egypt's biggest party in decades involved young and old, as celebrations continued into the night.
Cairo was a sea of red, white and black - as many people painted Egyptian flags on their faces.
By the morning, some protesters were more philosophical - thinking about challenges ahead, perhaps.
Relations between protesters and soldiers stationed on the streets have generally been good but there were more smiles than ever after the announcement.
An army spokesman went on TV after the announcement to salute President Mubarak for his contributions to the country and the victims of the violence during the protests.
In his speech on Thursday, President Mubarak had said the demonstrations were not about him, but the protesters disagreed.
Bigger crowds than ever had gathered on Cairo's Tahrir Square for Friday prayers and more protests.
An anti-government protester weeps during Friday prayers in Tahrir Square.
An opposition supporter makes the call to prayer in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, where the army had set up razor wire to keep protesters out.
There were also large protests in other cities including this one on Alexandria's main seaside boulevard, while in Al-Arish there were clashes with police which reportedly left one man dead.