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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It looks like Mubarak's son Gamal will be trying to succeed his father

According to Egypt's Al-Ahram, a media source sympathetic to the ruling NDP party:

According to leading NDP figures, a politburo meeting of the NDP is planned for today to discuss the overall reaction of the party -- which is chaired by President Hosni Mubarak -- to the demonstrations and the demands for economic and political reforms that were made by protesters.  
It is not clear, however, where the meeting will be held. NDP sources suggest it is unlikely to be at the party's headquarters in Abdel-Moneim Riad Square. The headquarters was stoned by demonstrators on Tuesday, and on Wednesday there was a massive security presence around it to prevent further attacks.  
What is certain, according to a leading NDP figure, is that Gamal Mubarak, the younger son of the president and the assistant secretary- general of the NDP, will be present.  
The meeting could thus squash widespread speculation that Gamal Mubarak left Egypt "hastily" on Tuesday evening to a Western capital.

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