George W. Bush's spokesman said the former president reacted positively to news of the departure of Hosni Mubarak after three decades of rule in Egypt.
David Sherzer said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that Bush "is heartened by tonight's events and congratulates the people of Egypt for taking an important and impressive first step toward freedom."
Celebrations were conducted across the Middle East on Friday after Mubarak stepped down as the Egyptian president.
The success of Egypt's protesters in ousting a long-time ruler came less than a month after a pro-democracy movement in Tunisia pushed dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali into exile in Saudi Arabia on Jan. 14.
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