The Brett Favre of dictators — one day he’s in, one day he’s out, he just can’t make up his mind until forced to do so — has left Cairo and resigned his office. The Egyptian military is, for now, apparently in charge.
A military statement earlier Friday said the army will ensure that reforms proposed by Mr. Mubarak are carried out as planned, including the eventual lifting of 30-year-old emergency laws that enabled the government to keep tight control on Egyptian citizens. The statement also promised that the presidential election scheduled for September will be free and fair. The military urged protesters to return to their homes.