Egypt Army vows to bring transition to democracy in Egypt

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The new move to put restrictions on movements of Mubarak loyalists came as mystery continued to surround thewhereabouts of the deposed president and his family.

While officially it is stated that Mubarak has shiftedto his Sharm-al-Sheikh resort residence, other reports in theArab media said he may have moved to Europe or the Gulf.

There was no word or mention of the ex-president fromthe new regime.

As a further sign of order returning, the SupremeMilitary Command Council, which has taken over the reins afterMubarak fled to his Sharm-al Sheikh resort retreat, announcedthat night curfew would be now in force only post midnight.

Protesters are divided over maintaining their vigil ofthe Square, while some want to go back home, others want tostay to ensure that military abides by its commitment totransfer power to civilian government through free and fairelections.

Earlier, in its third statement so far, the new regimeheaded by Mubarak loyalist 75-year-old Field Marshal MohammedHussein Tantawi who heads the Supreme Council of the Armedforces, said that it respects the mood of the people.

"The Council will issue further statements that willannounce forthcoming steps, measures and arrangements, and itaffirms at the same time that it is not a replacement for thelegitimacy that is acceptable to the people," a militarystatement said.

The repercussions of the downfall of Mubarak arecreating ripples as reports said that hundreds of policemenwere out on the streets in Ismailiya, alleging that seniorofficers had forced them to shoot at protesters.

The police and Mubarak''s secret police are the mostdetested elements of the ex-regime and have been target ofpopular wrath.

It was the longest night for the Egyptians, as joyfulpeople in thousands were still holding celebrations as dawnbroke in the Egyptian capital singing and dancing in thestreets.

"Some of us want to return home. Others want to stayon to guard our victory. We are forming a Facebook group tokeep in touch", a protester who was going home said.

Another democracy vigilante declared, "We propose toreturn and meet here each year on January 25 the start of theprotest".

Most of the thousands gathered there described theannouncement of stepping down of Mubarak as the "mostmomentous day of their life".

The Army also lifted all the barricades on the roadadjacent to the museum. The soldiers and civilian volunteersalso cut metal barriers and barbed wire as cranes took awaytorched vehicles.

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