January 27, 2011 / 4:59 PM / 6 years ago

Egypt officials deny report president's son fled

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<p>Gamal Mubarak, the son of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak and head of the higher political committee of the National Democratic Party (NDP), prays at Anwar El Sadat's tomb during Sadat's 29th death anniversary in Cairo October 6, 2010.Amr Abdallah Dalsh</p>

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian officials denied on Thursday a report that President Hosni Mubarak's politician son had fled Egypt, which has been hit by three days of anti-government protests.

Many Egyptians believe Gamal Mubarak, 47, who holds a top post in the ruling National Democratic Party, is being groomed for when his 82-year-old father leaves office. Both deny this.

"He (Gamal) had a meeting at the party headquarters this morning to discuss issues related to the demonstrations, along with other party leaders," a senior party official told Reuters, adding that the meeting lasted into the late afternoon.

A government official also denied the report.

Internet sites have been filled with rumours that Gamal had left for London. A report was also carried by broadcaster CNBC.

Egyptian protesters have been inspired by Tunisians who took to the streets and toppled their president of 23 years, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia this month.

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