Leaving In Protest

by Chris Bodenner

More details on a key item mentioned in the morning roundup:

Lyse Doucet, a BBC correspondent in Cairo, reports on Twitter that Dr. Hossam Badrawy, the secretary-general of Egypt's ruling National Democratic Party told BBC Arabic that he is resigning because of his unhappiness with President Hosni Mubarak's speech on Thursday night.

Before Mr. Mubarak's speech on Thursday, Dr. Badrawy told several international broadcasters that he expected the president to announce that he was stepping down. Dr. Badrawy, considered a reformer inside the Mubarak regime who is close to the president's son Gamal, said on Thursday that he had been trying for days to convince Mr. Mubarak to step down.