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Published February 11, 2011, 10:07 PM

Egypt Native Living in Grand Forks Reacts to Historic Day

It's a very important day for the people of Egypt as President Hosni Mubarak steps down from his presidency.

"Today is a special day, emotional and an important and historic moment," said Hesham El-Rewini, an Egyptian native.

A special day indeed, as Hesham El-Rewini watches Egypt gain back its freedom. El-Rewini is the Dean of Engineering and Mines at the University Of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He knows what it is like to live under Mubarak's rule.

"The corruption was just everywhere, of course the police brutality was just unacceptable unbearable that lead to the revolution that we have seen in the last 18 days," said El-Rewini

After the 18 days of continuous protesting, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from his post. El-Rewini says he was surprised by the level of professionalism by his fellow countrymen.

"I am personally impressed with the peacefulness of the protest, the good nature of those who protested. They maintained peacefulness even when they were attacked by the pro-government thugs and security forces," said El-Rewini.

Now, El-Rewini can't wait to see his country get back on its feet.

"What I am hoping for is Egypt will rebuild the country the democratic Institutions so we can have a far and free elections," said El-Rewini.

El-Rewini says he's happy for his family to live in a free, democratic society.