As protesters fill Tahrir Square in another day of demonstrations, an Israeli military intelligence official told Fox News that President Mubarak has left Cairo via helicopter, and was headed to his residence in Sharem a-Sheikh, a resort town in Egypt.
The development comes a day after the embattled leader told protesters he planned to stay in office until the country’s upcoming elections in September. Mubarak will make an “important” statement later Friday, according to reports on state TV.
U.S. State Department officials, however, expect Vice President Omar Suleiman to release a statement within hours.
Meanwhile, the recently-appointed general secretary of Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party said on Friday he had resigned, Reuters reports.
“It’s a resignation from the position and from the party,” Hossam Badrawi told al-Hayat TV. “The formation of new parties in a new manner that reflects new thinking is better for society now at this stage.”
Badawi was appointed on Feb. 5 as secretary-general in a purge of unpopular figures as Mubarak, the official head of the party, endured massive protests against his rule. […]