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EGYPT: Report of President Mubarak resignation retracted [Update]

February 5, 2011 |  9:53 am

Mubarak2 Al Arabiya television has retracted its report that longtime President Hosni Mubarak has resigned as head of Egypt's ruling party on Saturday.

Both the satellite network and Al Jazeera initially reported that state television had said Mubarak, 82, resigned as leader of the country's ruling National Democratic Party on Saturday.

Others have reported that the rest of the party's leadership has resigned, including the president's son, Gamal Mubarak, who fled the country after unrest began last month.

[Updated 9:55 a.m.: Commenting on Gamal Mubarak's resignation Saturday, Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, told CNN, "As the president has repeatedly said, Egyptians will be the ones that decide how this transition occurs. We welcome any step that provides credibility to that process.“

CNN also reported that an Obama administration official said, "We view this as a positive step toward the political change that will be necessary, and look forward to additional steps."]

--  Molly Hennessy-Fiske


Photo: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during one of his last official meetings before the crisis started in Egypt, at the presidential palace Jan. 22. Credit: Amel Pain/EPA