Mubarak resigns as leader of his party

Reply Sat 5 Feb, 2011 11:20 am
Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak has resigned as leader of his party---but he has retained his position as President of Egypt.

Feb. 5, 2011
Report: Mubarak Quits as Head of Ruling Party
Mubarak's Son, Party Chief Also Exit National Democratic Party; U.S. Signals Support for Vice President to Head Transition

(CBS/AP) Last Updated 11:49 a.m. ET

CAIRO - State TV reports that President Hosni Mubarak has resigned as head of Egypt's ruling party.

However, Mubarak still continues as the nation's president.

His son, Gamal Mubarak, and the National Democratic Party's secretary-general, Safwat el-Sharif, have also resigned from the party, in a new gesture to protesters carrying out a 12-day-old wave of anti-government demonstrations.

State TV said the ruling party's six-member Steering Committee of the General Secretariat stepped down and was replaced. The council was the party's highest decision-making body, and el-Sharif and other outgoing members were some of the most powerful (and to many Egyptians, unpopular) political figures in the regime.

El-Sharif was replaced by Hossam Badrawi, member of the liberal wing of the party who had been sidelined within the NDP ranks in recent years because of his sharp criticisms of some policies.

This comes as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking today at an international security conference in Munich, signaled that U.S. support has swung behind a transition headed by the recently-named vice president, Omar Suleiman.

"There are forces at work in any society, particularly one that is facing these kind of challenges, that will try to derail or overtake the process to pursue their own agenda, which is why I think it's important to follow the transition process announced by the Egyptian government, actually headed by vice-president Omar Suleiman," Clinton said.

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Clinton went on to say the transition should be transparent and inclusive, while setting out "concrete steps", moving towards orderly elections in September. She listed with approval the steps the Egyptian government had taken so far.

"President Mubarak has announced he will not stand for re-election, nor will his son," Clinton said. "He has given a clear message to his government to lead and support this process of transition. That is what the government has said it is trying to do, that is what we are supporting, and hope to see it move as orderly but as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances."

In a statement from the White House, spokesman Tommy Vietor said that Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough convened a meeting on Egypt this morning, and that President Obama will be briefed on the situation by his senior national security staff this afternoon.

The new appointments to the NDP's leadership were largely young figures, one of the replacements, Mohammed Kamal, told The Associated Press. "It's a good change. It reflects the mood of change that is sweeping the country," he said.

Gamal Mubarak, who was a member of the Steering Committee, was widely seen as being groomed by his father Hosni Mubarak to succeed him as president. But Vice President Omar Suleiman promised earlier in the week that Gamal would not run for president in elections due in September.

The younger Mubarak was also head of the party's powerful policies committee, where for the past decade he led a campaign of economic liberalization. State TV said Gamal was also removed from that post and replaced by Badrawi.

The announcement was greeted with scorn by some of the tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Wael Khalil, a 45-year-old activist, said it would "reinforce their (protesters') resolve and increase their confidence because it shows that they are winning, and the regime is retreating inch by inch."

Plans calls for having free and open elections in September. Also appears the U.S. and other Egyptian officials are trying to find a way to ease Mubarak out of office.

There were reports earlier this morning that Suleiman and top military leaders were discussing way to limit President Hosni Mubarak's powers, as a way to ease him out of control, Egyptian and American officials told The New York Times. A transitional government headed by Suleiman would then negotiate with the opposition movement on devising and implementing democratic reforms.

Protest leaders have also met with the country's prime minister, but it is unclear what progress may have been made in those meetings.

Al Jazeera reported that Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq was prepared to listen to any and all demands made by the demonstrators, except for Mubarak's early departure.

Shafiq told state TV that Friday's 100,000-strong demonstration, referred to by protesters as a "Day fo Departure," failed to force Mubarak out. "We haven't been affected, and God willing next Friday we won't be affected," he said. "All this leads to stability."

On Saturday. The Associated Press reports Mubarak met with his top economic officials to discuss steps for getting the economy restarted. The Egyptian economy has suffered an estimated $3.1 billion in losses since the protests began.

Opposition leaders have called for another million-man protest for Sunday. In honor of those who have been killed during the 11 days of protests, it's being referred to as "Martyrs' Sunday."

The Egyptian military on Saturday came up against angry pro-democracy protesters in an attempt to persuade them to move burnt cars and human barricades from the streets leading to Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, where thousands continued to call for President Hosni Mubarak's departure.

The protesters set up human barricades around Tahrir, or Liberation, Square to prevent pro-Mubarak supporters from disrupting their pro-democracy demonstrations.

Fierce clashes between pro- and anti-Mubarak supporters earlier in the week left at least 11 killed and hundreds injured.

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Reply Sat 5 Feb, 2011 11:34 am
I've become interested in the Tomorrow Party (al-Ghad) as a possible presidential party. The following is a report of Mubarak's actions to prevent the Tomorrow Party to be on the previous election ballet. ---BBB

Egypt opposition leader detained
A court in Egypt has extended the detention of an opposition party leader to 45 days.

Ayman Nour is the leader of al-Ghad (or the Tomorrow) Party and a member of the Egyptian parliament.

He is alleged to have forged the documents he submitted for the recognition of his party last year.

Mr Nour was stripped of his parliamentary immunity on Saturday and detained by police on leaving the parliament building.

He appeared in court for the second time on Monday and said that his arrest would hinder the democratic process and reform in the country.

Mr Nour, a wealthy lawyer, set up Al-Ghad to campaign for political, economic and constitutional reforms in Egypt.

He was given permission to create the new party after three previous applications had been rejected.

Alleged mistreatment

On Monday, five Egyptian rights groups protested against the lifting of Mr Nour's parliamentary immunity. The groups characterised the move as "a message [from the Egyptian government] to other political parties".

Human rights groups in Egypt are calling for his immediate release.

Mr Nour has alleged that he was mistreated during his detention.

"I was attacked and pushed to the ground. I received blows under the right eye and was hit on the back several times," Nour was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Egyptian Organisation for Human Rights.

The group says Mr Nour was interrogated for eight hours without a break, in violation of international agreements on human rights and the international agreement against torture signed by Egypt.

In Washington, the US State Department expressed concern about Mr Nour's detention and reports of his mistreatment. He also urged the Egyptian government to take notice of his health.

Mr Nour is accused by Egyptian state security investigators of forging all but 14 of the more than 2,000 signatures he was required to gather in his application to form a political party.

He rejects the charge, insisting the Political Parties Committee had the original signatures.

History of the Tomorrow Party:

Reply Sat 5 Feb, 2011 11:36 am
The existing licensed parties allowed on election ballots:

Licensed Political Parties

National Democratic Party (Mabarak's party)

New Wafd Party

National Progressive Unionist (Tagammu') Party

The Nasserist Party

Tomorrow (al-Ghad) Party

Socialist Liberal (al-Ahrar) Party

The Democratic Front Party

National (Umma) Party

Egyptian Arab Socialist Party

Young Egypt Party

The Green Party

Democratic Unionist Party

Social Solidarity Party

National Conciliation or Accordance Party

Egypt 2000 Party

Democratic Generation (al-Geel) Party

Free Social Constitutional Party

Egypt Youth Party

Democratic Peace Party

The Conservative Party

Free Republican Party

People’s Democratic Party

License Currently Suspended

Social Justice Party

(Socialist) Labor Party

Parties Seeking License

Center (al-Wasat) Party

The Dignity (al-Karama) Party

The Reform and Development Party

Liberal Egyptian Party
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Reply Sat 5 Feb, 2011 12:04 pm
quite some confusion regarding Mubarak's resignation, NBC is, at this moment, reporting that he has not resigned, only some of his ruling party have resigned.
Reply Sat 5 Feb, 2011 01:00 pm
dyslexia wrote:
quite some confusion regarding Mubarak's resignation, NBC is,
at this moment, reporting that he has not resigned,
only some of his ruling party have resigned.
R u available to take his place, if he leaves office???

Maybe become a Faro ?
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Reply Sat 5 Feb, 2011 01:44 pm
Apparently, the elder Mubarak has not resigned.

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