by Patrick Appel

Al Jazeera summarizes the mixed reports:

Hassam Badrawi, the secretary general of the ruling National Democratic Party, told the BBC and Channel 4 News on that he expected Mubarak to hand over his powers to Omar Suleiman, the vice-president.

Ahmed Shafiq, the country's prime minister, also told the BBC that the president may step down on Thursday evening, and that the situation would be "clarified soon". He told the Reuters news agency, however, that Mubarak remained in control, and that "everything is still in the hands of the president".

Reuters also quoted Leon Panetta, the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, as saying there was a "strong likelihood" that Mubarak would resign on Thursday night.

However, Anas el-Fekky, Egypt's information minister, denied all reports of Mubarak resigning.

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