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Official: Uprisings in Region Inspired by Islamic Revolution.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Iran's General Inspectorate Office Mostafa Pourmohammadi described the Islamic Revolution as a source of inspiration for the regional nations' resistance against the hegemonic powers.

"The regional nations are seeking materialization of their rights after they were touched by the spiritual inspirations of the awakening and vigilance of the faithful (Iranian) people during the last 32 years (after the Islamic Revolution)," Pourmohammadi said on Friday.

"The voices heard from the Middle-Eastern countries today are the same voices heard in Iran 32 years ago," he added.

The fact that the Tunisian and Egyptian resistance forces have modeled their revolutions on Iran's Islamic Revolution revealed the incorrectness of the West's propaganda which assumed that the Islamic Revolution is limited to the Shiite world, Pourmohammadi reiterated.

Emboldened by the recent popular revolution in Tunisia, which put an end to the 23-year-long reign of the country's President Zine El Abidin Ben Ali, Egyptians marched in several cities since January 25 to bring an end to Hosni Mubarak's rule.

After taking on for 18 days, Egypt's youthful uprising prevailed the full might of the dictatorship of Mubarak, President for 30 years.

Soon after evening prayers were said on Friday, a grim faced Vice-President Omar Suleiman, a long-serving regime loyalist, announced on state television that Mr. Mubarak had resigned.

He read out a statement saying, "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."

Earlier during the day, Mr. Mubarak and his family left for the Red Sea resort city of Sharm-el-Sheikh, bringing the curtains down on an authoritarian era, which began when he assumed power in 1981 following the assassination of Anwar Sadat during a military parade.

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Date:Feb 12, 2011
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