Egypt ruling party leaders resign but regime holds

Egyptian Army Gen. Hassan El-Rueini, shakes hands with an anti-government protester next to Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011. State TV says the top leadership body of Egypt's ruling party, including the president's son Gamal Mubarak and the party secretary-general Safwat el-Sharif, resigned Saturday in a new gesture apparently aimed at convincing anti-government protesters that the regime is serious about reform. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

February 5, 2011 5:14:09 PM PST
The leadership of Egypt's ruling party stepped down Saturday as the military figures spearheading the transition tried to placate protesters without giving them the one resignation they demand, President Hosni Mubarak's. The United States gave key backing to the regime's gradual changes, warning of the dangers if Mubarak goes too quickly.