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NDP’s Senior Leadership Resigns; Mubarak Does Not

Contrary to earlier reports, Mubarak has not resigned from the NDP, but the rest of the executive committee, including his son, has resigned. Sky News reports

Key figures in Egypt’s ruling party have stepped down, according to state television, as protesters continue to demand the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.

Al Arabiya television retracted an initial report that Mr Mubarak had also quit as leader of the party.

But the party’s secretary-general Safwat el-Sharif and Gamal Mubarak, Mr Mubarak’s son, are said to have quit in a shake-up seen as a gesture to anti-government campaigners.

For 12 days they have been taking part in demonstrations in Cairo and other cities demanding that the embattled president resigns.

The 82-year-old, who has been in power for 30 years, has ignored calls to give up the presidency and has previously insisted he intends to serve out the remaining seven months of his term.

The popular uprising turned ugly earlier this week with violent street clashes between anti-government demonstrators and pro-Mubarak groups.

Earlier, state television reported opposition leaders were meeting with vice-president Omar Suleiman to discuss various proposals that would end in the leader’s departure.

One option being considered by top officials would see Mr Mubarak remaining in office purely as a figurehead, with real power draining to the vice-presidency.

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