A senior member of Egypt's governing party has told a foreign news agency that he "hopes" that President Hosni Mubarak will transfer power to Vice-President Omar Suleiman. Hossan Badrawi, secretary general of the National Democratic Party (NDP), said Mr Mubarak would "most probably" speak to the nation soon. It comes on the 17th day of protests against Mr Mubarak's 30-year rule. The Egyptian military has said it is ready to respond to the "legitimate demands of the people". In a statement on Egyptian state TV, it said the safety and security of the people was paramount.