Saturday, February 5, 2011

Party Politics Dominate Egypt Revolt Day 12

The White House is upbeat over reports that Gamal Mubarak has stepped down as leader of the ruling National Democratic Party in Egypt as a shakeup takes place amid preliminary talks with opposition leaders representing protesters encamped at Tahrir Square, an administration official said today.

“We view this as a positive step toward the political change that will be necessary, and look forward to additional steps,” said an administration official.

UPDATED: Meanwhile, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough convened a meeting this morning at the White House and President Obama was briefed on the situation this afternoon by his senior national security staff.

Obama also spoke to leaders of UAE, Britain & Germany, discussing rights of protesters & targeting journos and human rights groups. Here is the readout from the White House:

"The President made a number of calls to foreign leaders today to discuss the ongoing situation in Egypt.  He spoke to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom, and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.  The President discussed his serious concern about the targeting of journalists and human rights groups, and reaffirmed that the government of Egypt has a responsibility to protect the rights of its people and to release immediately those who have been unjustly detained.  The President emphasized the importance of an orderly, peaceful transition, beginning now, to a government that is responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people, including credible, inclusive negotiations between the government and the opposition.  The leaders agreed to stay in close contact going forward.  The President and Chancellor Merkel also reviewed developments in the broader Middle East..."

Here are the top reports out of Egypt:

In Munich, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warns of "perfect storm" for Middle East:

Egyptian army takes up positions in Central Cairo during curfew:
Los Angeles Times

Gas pipeline suppying Israel, Jordan May be Work of Terrorists:

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