There is consensus in Egypt's ruling party backing Hosni Mubarak, 82, to run again for the presidency in 2011 but any bid would depend on a decision by the president, the party's secretary-general said.
"We are just waiting for the decision of the president himself," Safwat Sherif told a magazine in an interview also carried by the official state news agency.
Such comments in support of Mubarak have been made before by Sherif and other senior politicians, but are nonetheless being watched closely for pointers as the election approaches, and amid persistent rumours about the president's health.
Mubarak, who underwent successful gallbladder surgery in March, has not said if he will seek a sixth six-year term. If he does not, the most common view is that his son, Gamal, 46, would be backed by the establishment to run for the post.
Both the president and his son deny any such plan.
Egypt's ruling party says backs another Mubarak term
There is consensus in Egypt's ruling party backing Hosni Mubarak, 82, to run again for the presidency in 2011, the party's secretary-general said.