Report: Mubarak resigns as head of Egypt's ruling party

Published: Feb. 5, 2011 at 5:33 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 5, 2011 at 6:10 PM EST
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CAIRO (RNN) - According to Egypt state TV, Egyptian President Hosni Mubrank resigned as head of Egypt's ruling party on Saturday.

Other top leaders are also reported to have resigned from the ruling party.

Murbarak's resignation does not affect his position as president.

For more than two weeks, anti-government protesters have been rioting in streets of Egypt, demanding Mubarak resign his 30-year rule.

Pro-government supporters and protesters clashed violently this week after Mubarak announced he would step down after September elections, but did not resign.

More than 800 protesters have been injured and an unknown number killed since the protests began. Two dozen foreign journalists were either detained or injured this week, including CNN's Anderson Cooper and members of his crew.

Protesters have been demanding democratic election and economic reform after being plunged into high unemployment and a skyrocketing cost of living.

Egypt is one of the U.S.'s few allies in the Middle East.

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