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Obama Administration Discussing Immediate Exit for Mubarak

From a New York Times alert:

The Obama administration is discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately, turning over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman with the support of the Egyptian military, administration officials and Arab diplomats said Thursday.

Even though Mr. Mubarak has balked, so far, at leaving now, officials from both governments are continuing talks about a plan in which, Mr. Suleiman, backed by Sami Enan, chief of the Egyptian armed forces, and Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, the Defense Minister, would immediately begin a process of constitutional reform.

The proposal also calls for the transitional government to invite members from a broad range of opposition groups, including the banned Muslim Brotherhood, to begin work to open up the country’s electoral system in an effort to bring about free and fair elections in September, the officials said.

The immediate question that has to be asked is, given Suleiman’s Baghdad Bob-esque performance today (he told protesters that all their demands had been met) and the subsequent response from the January 25 set, why should there be any reason to think installing Suleiman will have a calming effect?

This and a whole lot more at Developing.


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