Egypt’s ruling party top body resigns en masse


CAIRO – The top executive committee of Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP), which includes strongman Hosni Mubarak’s son Gamal, resigned en masse on Saturday, state television reported. “The members of the executive committee resigned from their posts.
It was decided to name Hossam Badrawi secretary general of the party,” the regime’s channel announced amid ongoing opposition street protests. The NDP executive has six members, including its secretary general. Gamal was its number two, and also headed the 30-strong political committee.
The United States welcomed the move as a positive step. “We view this as a positive step toward the political change that will be necessary, and look forward to additional steps,” an Obama administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.