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Mubarak’s son, others resign from NDP
Cairo, FEB 5 (AGENCIES):
Published on 6 Feb. 2011 12:35 AM IST
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Egypt State TV says the secretary-general of Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party, Safwat el-Sharif, has resigned in a gesture to protesters carrying out a 12-day-old wave of anti-government demonstrations.
Also on Saturday, the son of embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Gamal Mubarak, reportedly resigned from his post in the NDP as part of a wave of resignations in the party.
Hossam Badrawi has been appointed the new secretary-general of the party. He replaces Safwat El-Sherif, a Mubarak loyalist. Badrawi will also replace Gamal Mubarak, Hosni Mubarak’s son, as head of the party’s political bureau.
Meanwhile, an Arab television station that reportedly stated that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had resigned as head of the NDP party, later retracted the report.
Had the report been true it would not have affected Mubarak’s position as president.
Egypt VP ‘assassination attempt’
US media reports said that armed assassins targeted the convoy in which Egypt’s vice president Omar Suleiman was traveling, killing two of his bodyguards.
However, senior Egyptian security source denied on Saturday a report carried in U.S. media of an assassination attempt on Egypt’s Vice President Omar Suleiman
The source, who did not want to be named, said there was no truth to the report at all.
Fox News reported on Saturday that recently appointed Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman has survived an attempted assassination.
Fox News reported that the U.S. confirmed the reports of the failed assassination attempt; however White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declined to address the reports.
“I’m not going to... get into that question,” Gibbs told Fox News.

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