A top official from Egypt's ruling party has given a new indication that President Hosni Mubarak will seek a sixth term in office in next year's elections.
Alieddin Hilal has told the US-funded Al-Hurra television that the 82-year-old Mubarak will run. His comments do not constitute the final word on the question, but he is the latest of several senior party figures to indicate Mubarak intends to stay in the office he has held for nearly 30 years.
Mubarak has stayed publicly silent on his intentions. He is widely thought to be grooming his son, Gamal, to eventually succeed him.
Speculation over Mubarak's future has intensified after he underwent surgery this year to remove his gall bladder and a benign growth in the lining of his small intestine.