UPDATE 18:29 GMT: On state TV, Egypt’s Supreme Military Council makes very brief statement thanking both Mubarak for his 30 year’s of service and appreciation to the martyrs of Tahrir Square. Suleiman seems to be out of the picture.

UPDATE 16:19 GMT: Jubilant reaction in Cairo’s Tahrir Square (via Al Jazeera English, CNN and CBS, respectively):
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UPDATE 16:06 GMT: Suleiman’s complete statement: “In the name of God the merciful, the compassionate, citizens, during these very difficult circumstances Egypt is going through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to step down from the office of president of the republic and has charged the high council of the armed forces to administer the affairs of the country. May God help everybody.”

UPDATE 16:02 GMT: Military council to run affairs of the country, Suleiman says.

UPDATE 16:02 GMT: Suleiman, on state TV, announces that Mubarak has stepped down. Crowds in Tahrir Square and elsewhere jubilant.

UPDATE 15:56 GMT: Hossam Badrawi, head of Egypt’s NDP, has said he will resign today, according to the BBC.

UPDATE 15:48 GMT: Reuters reporting a “top military spokesman” has arrived at the state TV building.

UPDATE 15:36 GMT: BBC: Egypt’s military promises to lift the 30-year state of emergency when the “current situation has ended”, as thousands gather for fresh protests.

UPDATE 15:32 GMT: NY Times report also quotes an a Western diplomat: “The government of Egypt says absolutely, it is done, it is over,” suggesting that the Egyptian military and government officials had expected Mr. Mubarak to make his exit clear last night, but that the president failed to deliver those lines. “That is not what anybody heard.”

UPDATE 15:23 GMT: NBC’s Richard Engel reports that the Egyptian people continue to protest as the military appears to strengthen its support for President Hosni Mubarak while at the same time guaranteeing reform and free elections.

UPDATE 14:41 GMT: NY Times report says it is “unclear whether the military would take meaningful steps toward democracy or embark on a new military dictatorship”

UPDATE 14:34 GMT: Numerous reports that Mubarak has flown to his palace in the Sinai resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

UPDATE 14:32 GMT: Egypt state TV says an “important, urgent statement” is expected from “the presidency” shortly.

UPDATE 13:56 GMT: Google’s Wael Ghonim told Al Arabiya that army’s promises to guarantee constitutional reform and help the transition to democracy is a positive step.

UPDATE 13:27 GMT: Al Arabiya: “Army to lift emergency, guarantees Mubarak reforms”

Earlier updates are available here.

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