Mubarak quits as head of ruling party
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak on Saturday stepped down as the head of the country's ruling party, according to state TV. It also reported that the party's secretary-general Safwat el-Sharif and Gamal Mubarak, the son of the president, quit as a gesture to anti-government protesters.
An official said Mubarak departure from the party would not affect his position as president.
In its report, state television named the new secretary-general as Hossam Badrawi, seen as a member of the liberal wing of the party.