Egypt crisis: Mubarak's son Gamal among party leaders to resign, state TV says
Anti-government protesters rally Saturday in front of army tanks near Cairo's Tahrir Square.
February 5th, 2011
08:00 PM ET

Egypt crisis: Mubarak's son Gamal among party leaders to resign, state TV says

Read full coverage and examine a timeline of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide. Send your photos and video to iReport and see CNN in Arabic here. See also this strong roundup of timely, insightful views on the wave of upheaval in the Arab world.

[Update 3:00 a.m. in Cairo, 8:00 p.m. ET] New glimpses emerged Saturday into the sensitive diplomatic strategy the Obama administration is using to help bring about a transition in which Mubarak himself helps to dismantle his own power structure.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking at the Munich Security Conference, urged support for the man Mubarak named to carry out that
transition, Vice President Omar Suleiman.

"There are forces in at work in any society," Clinton said, "in particular in one that is facing these kinds of challenges, who will try to derail or overtake the process to pursue their own specific agenda, which is why I think it's important to support the transition process announced by the Egyptian government actually headed by now-Vice President Omar Suleiman."

[Update 1:15 a.m. in Cairo, 6:15 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama emphasized the importance of an "orderly, peaceful transition" to a government that is "responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people." In phone calls with foreign leaders Saturday, Obama also urged "credible, inclusive negotiations between the government and the opposition," according to the White House.

[Update 12:30 a.m. in Cairo, 5:30 p.m. ET] U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Suleiman by phone Saturday and asked about negotiations Suleiman had with several opposition leaders and intellectuals about Egypt's future, the White House said.

"He stressed the need for a concrete reform agenda, a clear timeline, and immediate steps that demonstrate to the public and the opposition that the Egyptian government is committed to reform," according to the White House.

Biden also called for the immediate release of journalists and activists
who have been detained without cause, the White House said.

[Update 11:45 p.m. in Cairo, 4:45 p.m. ET] It's just after midnight in Cairo and anti-Mubarak protesters are still standing their ground in Tahrir Square in defiance of a government curfew for the 12th night in a row, CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

[Update 11:45 p.m. in Cairo, 4:45 p.m. ET] Israeli President Shimon Peres defended the Egyptian president, saying, "In spite of all the attacks against President Mubarak, I know him for many years, throughout his presidency and I accredit him as one of the persons who saved many lives by preventing war in the Middle East, who saved lives of Egyptians, of Arabs, of Israelis, by not allowing to renew a war."

[Update 10:45 p.m. in Cairo, 3:45 p.m. ET] Anti-government rallies outside of Egypt continued Saturday in major cities worldwide, including New York, Washington, Atlanta, Paris, France, and the West Bank. In Washington, iReporter Inga Lukaviciute captured video of a group of loud but peaceful protesters carrying signs and Egyptians flags as they marched from the Egyptian embassy to the White House chanting anti-Mubarak slogans.

In Paris, France, iReporter Lawrence Langner took pictures of the thousands gathered at Place de la Republique amid a strong police presence. Their message also focused Mubarak's removal.

[Update 10:00 p.m. in Cairo, 3:00 p.m. ET] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak "remains utterly critical in the days ahead as we sort our way toward the future," and must stay in office, President Barack Obama's point man for Egypt, Frank Wisner, said Saturday at the Munich Security Conference in Germany.

Wisner is the diplomatic official who delivered a message from President Barack Obama's administration to Egypt's leadership this week.

In response, U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said that
Wisner is no longer acting in any official capacity.

"We have great respect for Frank Wisner and we were deeply appreciative of his willingness to travel to Egypt last week. He has not continued in any official capacity following the trip. The views he expressed today are his own. He did not coordinate his comments with the U.S. government," Crowley said.

[Update 7:46 p.m. in Cairo, 12:46 p.m. ET] Among those submitting their resignations from leadership positions in Egypt's National Democratic Party were Gamal Mubarak, President Hosni Mubarak's son, state television reported. Housam Badrawi was appointed as the new secretary-general of the national party, replacing Safwat el Sherif, as well as head of the strategy and politics committee, replacing Gamal Mubarak.

"As the president has repeatedly said, Egyptians will be the ones that decide how this transition occurs," said Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, on Gamal Mubarak's resignation. "We welcome any step that provides credibility to that process."

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

President Hosni Mubarak remains head of state.

[Update 7:20 p.m. in Cairo, 12:20 p.m. ET] Members of the general secretariat of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party submitted their resignations, state TV reported. It did not confirm an earlier report that President Hosni Mubarak had resigned from his party post.

[Update 6:46 p.m. in Cairo, 11:46 a.m. ET] President Hosni Mubarak has resigned as head of the National Democratic Party, along with other members of the party's general secretariat, state TV reported.

[Update 6:03 p.m. in Cairo, 11:03 a.m. ET] The U.S. State Department said it was operating one flight Saturday to evacuate U.S. citizens from Egypt. It was headed for Athens, Greece. There was no word on how many Americans would be transported.

[Update 5:58 p.m. in Cairo, 10:58 a.m. ET] Amnesty International is urging an investigation into the detention of 35 journalists and human rights activists documenting the crisis in Egypt. Two who were detained are staff members for the human rights group. They were freed after spending two days in military custody.

[Update 5:02 p.m. in Cairo, 10:02 a.m. ET] Talks between newly appointed Vice President Omar Suleiman and a few opposition groups started Saturday.

At a news conference Saturday, Interior Ministry spokesman Ismail Othman said, "The army remains neutral and is not taking sides because if we protect one side we will be perceived as bias ... our role is to prevent clashes and chaos as we separate the opposing groups."

Egyptian courts will return to work Sunday, the justice minister announced on state TV Saturday.

[Update 4:48 p.m. in Cairo, 9:48 a.m. ET] Khaled Serri Seyam, the head of the Egyptian stock market, told the official Egyptian news agency that the decision to reopen the market on Monday is now canceled and that the stock market will stay closed for now.

[Update 4:09 p.m. in Cairo, 9:09 a.m. ET] The German diplomat who said there was an assassination attempt against Egypt's new vice president has retracted his comments. "I was led to believe that we had a confirmed report but in fact we didn't," he told CNN. He added the information he received was based on an unsubstantiated source.

[Update 3:36 p.m. in Cairo, 8:36 a.m. ET] Opposition demonstrators formed a human chain to block  Egyptian army tanks from entering the anti-government redoubt in Cairo's Tahrir Square, CNN's Ivan Watson reported. This is the first sign of tension between the demonstrators and the Egyptian military since the protests erupted, but the standoff lasted just a short time, CNN's Arwa Damon reported.

[Update 2:49 p.m. in Cairo, 7:49 a.m. ET] Amid widespread criticism of Egypt for attacks on journalists, the country's prime minister on Saturday said there have been "no instructions to hinder the coverage of the media in the Tahrir area." "I made clear that they have full freedom to do anything they want," Ahmed Shafiq said.

[Update 2:26 p.m. in Cairo, 7:26 a.m. ET] Egypt's El Arish natural gas pipeline to Jordan has been closed after an attack set it on fire, the head of Jordan's national electricity company told CNN on Saturday. Ghaleb Al Maabreh said repairs will take at least a week, and will be paid for by Jordan.

[Update 2:17 p.m. in Cairo, 7:17 a.m. ET] Protesters formed a new opposition group Saturday to represent anti-government demonstrators gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Mohamed ElBaradei's Association for National Change and a leftist Tagammu party leader announced the new group of 10 people, which includes ElBaradei, Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Beltagy and liberal Ghad party leader Ayman Nour. The newly formed opposition group is calling for Mubarak's resignation and the right to demonstrate peacefully.

[Update 2 p.m. in Cairo, 7 a.m. ET] An assassination attempt was made on Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, the host of the Munich Security Conference said Saturday. During a plenary session at the conference, the host Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger said several people were killed in the attack.

Details about the incident, including when and where it happened, were not immediately known but U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at the conference that the news of the assassination attempt reflects the challenges of restoring stability in Egypt. The vice president, appointed last week amid widespread cries for President Hosni Mubarak's ouster, has been working to initiate a government transition, and Clinton said it's important to support the Suleiman-led process.

[Update 11:49 a.m. in Cairo, 4:49 a.m. ET] Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei was in Cairo's Tahrir Square late Saturday morning. ElBaradei's National Association for Change movement told CNN he will make his way to a podium to speak to crowds.

[Update 10:49 a.m. in Cairo, 3:49 a.m. ET] President Hosni Mubarak met Saturday with Egypt's minister of finance, oil, trade and industry at the presidential palace Saturday, state-run Nile TV reported.

[Update 10:20 a.m. in Cairo, 3:20 a.m. ET] An Egyptian state-run news agency reported a gas pipeline has been set on fire in a suspected terrorist attack in Al-Arish.

A crowd of protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square remained relatively peaceful mid-morning Saturday after occasional street battles broke out in the city overnight. The scene appeared calmer than in recent days, and traffic appeared to come back to life in Cairo.

Heavy gunfire broke out early Saturday morning around Tahrir Square.

Five human rights activists, including two from Amnesty International and one from Human Rights Watch, were released Friday by Egyptian military police, the two groups said in statements. They were among numerous people - including international reporters and Egyptian lawyers and activists - detained on Thursday in Cairo. Some of those detained remain in custody, according to the two groups' statements.

The death toll from the violent clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square has reached 11, Egypt's Health Ministry reported Friday.

The U.S. Embassy in Egypt and the U.S. State Department issued a statement Friday indicating that several embassy vehicles were stolen in Cairo on January 28. The statement was in response to an online video that showed a white diplomatic van running into anti-government protesters near Tahrir Square. The joint statement said, "We have heard reports of their (stolen U.S. vehicles) use in violent and criminal acts."

A security force accompanied by a "gang of thugs" stormed the office of the Muslim Brotherhood's news website Friday and arrested the journalists, technicians and administrators present there, the group said on its website. Witnesses later saw those arrested taken to the Interior Ministry, the group said.

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  1. tracker0102000

    Mubaraks' son resigned now is the time for Mubarak himself to resign!

    February 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. waynebernard

    Here is one of the biggest economic issues facing Egypt now, and in the future, with or without President Mubarak:

    With young, highly educated Egyptians facing unemployment rates approaching 20 percent (and far higher if they are young females), it is no wonder they are disaffected with the current political state of the country. I suspect young people living in Western countries would feel no different if they were responsible for 90 percent of their county's unemployed.

    February 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hahaha

    They just need to kill each other till the last one stands

    February 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Reg825

    Egypt's social unrest due in part (besides the obvious: an oppressive autocratic ruler) to the astronomical rise in wheat prices reminds me of Mexico's own crisis with corn as a result of NAFTA. The common link between the two cases? Wall Street corporate greed:

    February 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |

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    February 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 1vision

    Egypt needs to set up a true Democracy as its governing body, not an American controlled Autrocrocy. To replace one Autocrat with another will only bring about the same situation in the future. In a true Democracy, Mubaruk and his family would be allowed to stay in Egypt after free and democratic elections are held at the end of his current term. His families
    money could do a great deal for the economy of Egypt in the future and one day perhaps his son would by elected by the Egyptian people. When I saw camels being riden into Cairo, I saw 3 wise men from the east, a Chinese King, an Indian King, and a Persian King, we all know where they traveled to. When I saw horses being riden into Cairo, I saw the Moores riding across North Africa on their Arabian mares. Not all Crowns will fall, yet the 12 tribes of Isreal will reunite.
    The Gaza road was once a part of the Egyptian Empire in the days of the Pharos, is it time for the Gaza road to again become part of Egypt? Palestine was a name given to the area by the Legions of Rome, the Palestinians are Philistines.
    The Pharoes of Egypt and the Philistines were once enimies, but today they are Brothers of Islam. The Palestinians would have a much better lot in life with fellow Islamic Brothers. If Isreal is to stay a true Democracy, they will need to keep the population numbers in their favor, ceeding Gaza to Egypt allows Isreal to maintain a Jewish majority in Isreal.
    In a true Democracy, ALL religions are allowed to worship freely. Both in Isreal and in Egypt. If the Americans can stop sending Aide to Egypt, Palestine, Isreal, Irac, Afganistan, and Pakistan, and not keep a standing Army in the Region for decades to come, this manuver could only AIDE the American TAX payer. PEACE is possible, This is an opportunity for
    Pesident Barrack Obama to Earn a NOBEL PEACE PRIZE. Set a President in Egypt an bring about a true Democracy.

    February 5, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. darrin

    Democracy does not begin with elected representatives but with the PEOPLE who watch over them.

    February 5, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. acebravo

    Amazing how the US and israel can't go to sleep over this whereas in the days of Ben Ali's ouster from Tunisia they hardly uttered a it because Tunisia is far from israel or that it does not have oil???

    If you follow the time line ever since all this started in Egypt, you'd see the violence only started after the US envoy met with Mubarak and YES the US can literally dictate what mubarak should I'm begging to understand why 911 happened.

    February 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Delia Jones

    As an American, I am totally embarrassed that the US just have to stick their nose in Egypt's business! That is inclusive of our Federal Government as well as the media! For God's sake, do you have nothing better to do?!! No CNN, you do not! I could bet my annual salary that you CNN cannot report on another story! Well?

    February 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dianne

      I disagree with you Delia. I watched events unfold before USA or any other country said a word. The world was in a bit of a panic at that point. The news media everywhere was clearly waiting for some word from USA. Hilary Clinton was at a press conference for a few issues that day. She was the first to extend comments about Egypt and the uprising by Egyptions.

      You appear to be finding fault from your government for your own purposes. I am a Canadian and I thought at least Obama made a statement...soon other countries followed suit. If you do not understand the critical nature of what is going on, then at least know this. The price of oil is on the rise. Other middle east countries are on tenderhooks.

      I suggest you read more critically and know that the world still wants and expects USA to make some sort of stand. I thought Clinton and Obama handled the news very well. Do you seriously believe USA stuck their nose into Egypt's affairs from this revolution? This is an international crisis. You are showing disrespect.


      February 6, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Watch this


    The police killed a young guy...

    February 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. personny

    Israel is becoming a nation.

    February 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. yokolee

    God bless America
    God bless the good people of Egypt
    God bless CNN
    God bless all the reporters
    Good Lord i feel much better!
    Thank you, Gracias

    February 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. shawn

    30 years of just being an idiot did the citizens in . Egypt has had it. IF I was Mubarak I would had made sure my son resigned 12 days ago and and watched the mess from his home on television. No I do not believe Mubarak should be murdered dragged out of his office like they did in Iraq,this is NOT Iraq and the people never would put up with mass murder in Egypt ,ever. You can tell how they are reacting after 30 years of BS ,now imagine if they even had one wiff that someone was taking out their relatives. Not happening . the guy is a horrible leader and has ran Egypt into a state of poverty and it is really expensive to even buy a home there . The folks need achance to make a living . religion? this has nothing to do with religion or there would be no ther religions out there protesting . While I would love my American ego to give Kent state all the accalades for teaching protesting ,I disagree it has been done like this since the beginning of time , Ego is funny huh, The hand to hand stance has been around for thousands of years .. I hope as many do the guy will leave soon SOON and the people will have their country back SOON and get business going asn it should be

    February 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Waldo

    ***hi shawn if u were mubarek you would have over 1 billion dollars would you lend me some hahaha

    February 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dr. G

    Mr. Wisner said: " The Egyptian president should stay in office, at least for now, to help push through crucial political changes."
    My comment: Mr. Mobark "push" is not needed. In addition, for 30 long years Mr. Mobark did not push anything good forward for his people. He just pushed poverty and ill to his people. Most of people in Egypt live with less than few dollars per month and Mr. Mobark wealth is 40-70 Billions of Dollars not much of it are invested in Egypt. In Egypt there are more honest and better people than Mr. Mobark to push good for the nation, people who lead a white, clean, and peaceful revolution.
    Mr. Wisner said: "I therefore believe that President Mubarak's continued leadership is critical. It's his opportunity to write his own legacy."
    My comment: I think that Mr. Mobark leadership is critical for Mr. Mobark's selfish EGO only. Mr. Mobark could not write his legacy in 30 years of dictatorship. It is pathetic that he needs 6 more months to start and end his legacy. In fact, the people in Tahrir Square in Cairo already wrote, printed, and distributed the final version of Mr. Mobark legacy of dictatorship.
    Mr. Wisner said: "The president must stay in office in order to steer those changes through."
    My comment: I do not think that Mr. Mobark will steer any changes, just because, these changes would put Mr. Mobark on trial for his questionable wealth (40-70 Billion of Dollars) and the blood he shade on the streets of Cairo under Mr. Mobark (and the world) sight. I wish he just steer his airplane out of Egypt.
    In conclusion, in my vision, Mr. Wisner is a Pharaoh more than the Pharaoh himself (Mr. Mobark). Mr. Wisner words encourage dictatorship and underestimate our values of democracy and the three authorities (President, Congress, Judicial).

    February 6, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
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