Changes at the top but Mubarak stays

Changes at the top but Mubarak stays
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Hosni Mubarak remains as president of Egypt, and as the leader of the ruling NDP. There had been reports earlier that he had resigned but those reports proved to be mistaken. Earlier he met with his cabinet to discuss how to restart the stalled Egyptian economy.

However there have been changes at the top of the NDP ruling executive, including the removal of Mubarak’s son Gamal. Without a place on the leadership committee he can no longer qualify as the party’s presidential candidate under the existing constitution. Euronews correspondent Mohamed Elhamy is in Cairo, and has been explaining how he thinks the changes will be seen.

He says he thinks the aim of these new measures is to try to restore calm and reassure the opposition that discusssions are taking place.

He said other measures have also been taken like the ban on some former ministers from leaving the country or being able to access their bank accounts.

The government, he said, is trying to show the people that it recognises that it is time for reform.

But whatever the government’s intentions, the anti-Mubarak protesters remain in Tahrir Square tonight.

There have been no reports of clashes with Mubarak supporters. Still, it appears those insisting on the president’s immediate departure, show no signs of giving up at this stage.

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