Landmark talks have taken place in Cairo between Egypt’s government and the country’s opposition groups.
The most influential among them, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was given a place at the table for the first time in decades.
Many had refused to meet representatives of the government unless President Mubarak resigned.
But he has refused to do so, saying it would lead to chaos.
Instead Mubarak says he will not stand in the election, due in September.
The effects of political change in Egypt continue to be felt on many levels.
The leadership of the governing National Democratic Party has resigned en masse, seemingly in response to the unrest which has gripped the country.
Washington welcomed the news as a “positive step“ in the democratic transition.
Landmark political talks held in Cairo