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EGYPT: Generals support handover to Vice President Omar Suleiman

February 10, 2011 | 11:52 am

Protest1 Egypt's military leaders are planning to support what they expect to be the handover of power by President Hosni Mubarak to Vice President Omar Suleiman, the Al Arabiya satellite network reported Thursday.

The network reported that Egyptian generals plan to support the handover to Suleiman, a 74-year-old former intelligence chief who has maintained a good relationship with Washington and Israel.

Mubarak would announce constitutional procedures before handing over powers, Al Arabiya said. If protesters reject the plan, the military would take action, the network reported, citing unspecified sources. The report did not elaborate on what type of action the military would take.

Egyptian state television showed footage Thursday of Mubarak, sitting behind his desk in silence, in a meeting with Vice President Omar Suleiman. State television reported that Mubarak met with Suleiman and Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in closed-door talks Thursday.

—  Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Anti-Mubarak demonstrators celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Thursday as rumors of the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak spread. Credit: Felipe Trueba / EPA

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