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Key leadership quits Egypt ruling party; Mubarak retains presidency

Top leadership, including Mubarak's son, resign from National Democratic Party as anti-government protesters continue demonstrations in Cairo; earlier reports that Hosni Mubarak also resigned were retracted.

February 5, 2011 | 1:05 pm

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

The top leadership body of Egypt’s ruling party resigned Saturday, including the president’s son, but the regime appeared to be digging in its heels, calculating that it can ride out street demonstrations and keep President Hosni Mubarak in office.

The ruling party leaders who resigned included the country’s most powerful political figures - and its most unpopular among many Egyptians. The move may have been aimed at convincing protesters in the streets that the regime is sincere in implementing democratic reforms they demand.

Earlier on Saturday, February Al Arabiya television retracted its report that President Hosni Mubarak had resigned as head of Egypt’s ruling party.

Read more at HAARETZ.com.

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