US working on plan for immediate Mubarak departure

February 4, 2011 04:20

The White House was discussing a plan in which Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak would resign immediately with Egyptian officials, The New York Times reported Thursday evening.

The plan would place newly-appointed Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman in charge of a transitional government with the support of the country's military establishment, according to the report.

Senior Obama administration officials told the Times that the plan was being discussed with "high-level Egyptian officials around Mr. Mubarak," but not with the president himself. Washington has made several recent statements calling on the Egyptian president to step down immediately, although tempering their language.

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