Local Reaction to Mubarak's resignation

By Tracy Clemons – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA)- People around the world are celebrating with the Egyptians. We caught up with a couple of people in Shreveport who say the people in Egypt set an example that oppressed people worldwide can follow.

Mohamed Soliman calls it a world changing event. He's originally from Cairo, but now lives in Shreveport.

"I thought my grandchildren might see a day like this, but for me to see to see it at this age---I'm not happy---I can't believe what's happening. It's an incredible event."

Soliman says back in Cairo, his family is in celebration now that Hosni Mubarak's 30 year reign is over- "I never heard them this happy. Even my father, he's crying, and he can't believe he actually lived to witness this."

"Everybody is happy because this is like a starting of change of the Arab world," says Kamel Qaisi. He's originally from Jordan. He says the revolution that brought about this huge change gives him hope for his nation.

"Time is coming. We see what's happened in Egypt, it's spread out also...we think it's going to go over the Arab world because we've been living under oppression for long time," says Qaisi.

Even though emotions are running high over what's being hailed a victory for the people, Egypt's political future is a mystery.

"The United States will continue to be a friend and partner to Egypt. We stand ready to provide whatever assistance is necessary and asked for to pursue a credible transition to a democracy," says President Barack Obama.

Mohamed Soliman says he's ready to help too.

"A lot of Egyptians outside are now willing to go back and rebuild the country from scratch."

Soliman tells KSLA News 12 that he was able to keep up with the uprising over the last 18 days through technology. So not only was this revolution televised, but it was facebooked and tweeted for the world to see the people win.

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